By Sonny Forrest
Boards of Canada is like standing beneath a heat lamp. You start off feeling the warm light on your face like a sunbathing iguana. Eyes closed, you watch the abstract shapes dance behind your lids. But just like the lamp can dim, Boards of Canada can turn from blissful to spooky, switching moods with the subtly of a compulsive soy milk drinker. Their 2013 release, Tomorrow’s Harvest, is a fine example of this sonic moodiness I’m referring to. It could very well be a product of making music in their notoriously gloomy homeland of Scotland or of the fact that they’re still bent on analogue production (which transcribes sounds into thermal thrums, instead of digital production’s binary 0s and 1s). The takeaway: Boards’ compositions, wreathed in humming subtleties, speak to their value of music craftsmanship. They’re the Scandinavian furniture designers of electronic music.
P.S. They don’t have any public Soundcloud tracks, nor do they tour, so check out a few of their tracks on the RJ homepage’s media player.