Boards of Canada – Reach For The Dead
Rivalling the mystique of Daft Punk’s marketing campaign, Boards of Canada are playing their cards very close to their chest with the forthcoming album Tomorrow’s Harvest. The Scottish electro duo consisting of brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison are most prominently known for their experimental analogue blends of conventional and electronic instruments merged with gnarled samples and recorded lyrics. They received critical acclaim for studio albums Music Has the Right to Children, Geogaddi and their last release in 2005, The Campfire Headphase.
Since then little has been heard from the enigmatic group apart from their recently covert promotional strategy for the latest release. The first track to see the light of day is Reach for the Dead, a release that was first aired through an illuminated display over a Tokyo highway, and then later through Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Reach for the Dead is not all too dissimilar from past productions as it carries familiar themes of nature and nostalgia. As anticipated the content is extremely blissful and transcendent in tone as the continuous thrum of noise seems to linger in the memory. This track provides substantial proof that there is an actual album somewhere behind the excessive advertising drive and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Words by Calum Mailer