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Their first average record
on 17 December 2013
My love affair with Boards of Canada began when I heard An Eagle In Your Mind on the Czech radio station Radio Jedna when I was in sub-arctic China. This is perhaps the pick of several very fine tracks on Music Has A Right To Children, an album produced when the band were at the peak of their powers.
BOC are the fathers of their own sub-genre, a distinctly weird and wistful electronica that takes you back to your childhood. When you look at their music as notes on a stave they are just simply great composers, but there's no doubt that they can do things with synthesizers and samples that make similar artists seem a bit ordinary and similar. A BOC release is an event.
However, BOC have fallen prey to what almost every pop artist has before them. The big 40. I don't know what it is, other than the ageing process, I suppose, but for me the point when an artist suddenly loses the edge seems to be around the 40 mark, give or take. Tomorrow's Harvest is big on brooding atmosphere and is still good in the grand scheme of things but it's not the BOC I fell for. If I heard this on the radio, I wouldn't be jotting details of the band down. I might not even notice it.
As it is, I've listened to it scores of times hoping it would grow on me. (I bought the 24 bit version in anticipation of it being good). It hasn't and I'm a little disappointed.