After years of silence, and most recently a series of mysterious clues, the Scottish duo Boards of Canada has finally announced the release of LP titled Tomorrow’s Harvest. The album is set for release on June 10 in the UK and June 11 in the US on Warp Records.
It all started on Record Store Day when Warp released a 12” vinyl featuring 20 seconds of music by BOC. The vinyl cover had this text written on it: “—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——”. During the clip, an anonymous voice recites the numbers “9-3-6-5-5-7”.
A couple of days later, two other clips were aired on BBC Radio 1 and NPR, each featuring a different number sequence. More and more puzzle pieces surfaced by means of YouTube, message boards, Sound Cloud, Adult Swim, hackers and BOC fans, while music news websites such as Pitchfork and 2020k followed the mystery that turned into a week-long numbers game.
Thoroughly confused fans can finally relax with the news that Tomorrow’s Harvest is already available for pre-order. And to get a further taste of the strangeness, enter the final number sequence “699742/628315/717228/936557/813386/519225” (WITHOUT THE SLASH MARKS!) at the home page of BOC’s website. You should come across a hazy video in which music eventually emerges, along with an image of the album cover and album release date. Known for their ambient style and creative use of analog sounds, Boards of Canada’s last album, The Campfire Headphase, was released in 2005. Usually the release of a new album implies an extensive tour. One can only hope that the obscure duo will present their music to the world in a live setting.
The tracklisting for Tomorrow’s Harvest is as follows:
2. Reach For The Dead
3. White Cyclosa
4. Jacquard Causeway
6. Cold Earth
7. Transmisiones Ferox
8. Sick Times
10. Palace Posy
11. Split Your Infinities
13. Nothing Is Real
15. New Seeds
16. Come To Dust
17. Semena Mertvykh
Thanks to Pitchfork, Xlr8r, and 2020k for excellent reporting.
In the meantime, here is a look back at BOC’s video for “Everything You Do Is A Balloon” – exactly what you need to listen to while trying to get through your day: