The Internet, we can safely say, has wildly changed the way we are introduced to new music—and that seems to have inspired further innovations. While streaming a forthcoming album in full on NPR or Pitchfork is now old hat, it seems Boards of Canada would rather all their fans tune in at once and hear their feverishly anticipated Tomorrow’s Harvest today, at 4pm Eastern Standard Time.
All you have to do is mosey over to boardsofcanada.com at or before the appointed time; the rest should be self-evident. And with interest so high, it wouldn’t surprise us if the website crashed, à la Kevin Shields’ site when the new My Bloody Valentine went live—though Netflix was able to premiere Arrested Developmentwithout major incident, so who knows!
Anyway, upward of 11,000 people have already RSVPd to the event on Facebook, and that’s just among people who RSVP to stuff like this on Facebook. It should be an oddly communal experience, keeping with the subtle hints about the album dropped around the globe that fans had to collaborate to decipher. It didn’t take very long for William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition to come true, now did it.
Since single edition 12”s were unearthed on Record Store Day, Scottish experimental ambient electro dudes Boards of Canada have been teasing us, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs that leads to Tomorrow Harvest, the band’s first album in seven years.And having remained quiet—save one-off cryptic releases—since Trans Canada Highway, we’re pretty thrilled that in come June 10th, we’ll all be able indulge in our favorite chilled-out and hauntingly spacey tunes.
But yesterday, in another piece of the puzzle that completes the album’s release, Boards decided to exhibit more music via a screen in Tokyo. Projected in Shibuya, the video is as ambitious as one would assume but does feature a hint of new music.
So check out the video for yourself below, as well the trailer for the record, and head over to cosecha-transmisiones.com (password: 699742628315717228936557813386519225) to pre-order Tomorrow’s Harvest.
Everyone is coming out of the woodwork this year: Godspeed You Black Emperor, The Knife, and My Bloody Valentine have all reemerged in almost totally unanticipated ways after long hiatuses, and each has delivered a huge, haunting record that reaffirmed what we loved about the band. Now, in an era where “BoC” more likely means Blue Oyster Cult, Scottish electronica duo Boards of Canada are teasing a new release with wildly complicated clues, whipping fans into a frenzied scavenger hunt.
But let us save you the viral-underground PR theatrics: after all, the nerds are on the case. It begins with the appearance of some 12” vinyl singles that surfaced on Record Store Day, which contained odd snippets of what had to be new material. (One of those first clues is now selling on eBay for an asking price of $565.00, so get bidding.) Then there was an Adult Swim bumper spot and a strange, password-protected website that a fan cracked, leading us to this spooky but alluring video.
Now it’s official: the new album, Tomorrow’s Harvest, is out on June 11 from Warp Records. Will anyone be able to resist, given that so much buzz has built up around it already? Will you need a World War II-era decryption device to even listen to the damn thing? Will the new Daft Punk album this year be delivered via hot air balloon? For the moment, nothing seems impossible.
Oh, and here’s the tracklist, in case there’s some kind of a clue in there, too:
Matador on December 4th will release the 10th Anniversary Double LP of Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights. (“All pre-orders include exact replica Interpol pin from the era,” too, so act fast!) I don’t know about you guys, but my relationship with this album never went beyond zoning out to “Untitled”—or maybe “NYC,” if I was feeling especially moody. Here’s the stuff that came out in 2002 and was vastly better. Just sayin’.
The Notwist — Neon Golden
Boards Of Canada — Geogaddi
Lambchop — Is A Woman
The Walkmen — Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone