BY RON HART
The other day I picked up a used copy of John Carpenter’s soundtrack to Escape From New York, arguably his best movie ever next to They Live (apologies to any or all Assault on Precinct 13 heads out there).
And I have Boards of Canada to thank for inspiring my purchase. The blogosphere is right, friends: the Scottish brother duo’s first album in eight years definitely harbors a serious JC vibe. No doubt they’ve been spending a lot of time with the director’s film score collection, and it definitely can be heard on such jams as opening track “Gemini” and “White Cyclosa”, which contains a riff straight off Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
As for the rest of Tomorrow’s Harvest, it is chock-a-block with everything you have ever loved about the Boards over the last 15-some-odd years and will continue to do so as long as they don’t fancy themselves singer-songwriters like so many of their IDM peers have done in recent years. That would suck.
So thanks Michael and Marcus for not only informing a most worth-it purchase during my recent travel to the record shop, but providing me once again with some mellow gold to which I can concentrate along.
DOWNLOAD: “Cold Earth”, “Nothing is Real”