It's been two and a half years and about 300 listens. Random Access Memories did not take that long.
I think it's time to stop trying to make myself like or really see anything deeper to this *okay* release by two dudes with families that are probably just past their prime and have nothing but gimmicks left since they've been copied and emulated so many times since the last decade.
Why exactly is that some sort fucking heresy though? It's not like they're actually magic.
I thought the concensus was that Tomorrow's Harvest was ok but not as good as MHTRTC and Geogaddi, and BoC will probably never reach those heights again? IMO they should do more stuff like Campfire Headphase, there's more room for growth there.
>homage to soundtracks they grew up
>nods here and there to various music cues
>tracks end early and do not segue...just like the soundtracks they mentioned
>some of it could go be put together and is possibly incomplete
Oh wait, except whenever I propose that last bit, someone tries to tell me that can't be a possibility. Then they go on and on about some spiritual bullshit this album induced within them.
Aside from the obvious hard concept album part and the whole soundtrack theme, I pick up some sense of a jab back to all the BoC-alikes in the world with really boring and dead sounding tracks like Cold Earth. The cover of the album also looks like something that came out of instagram. Though the interpretation that they may have been having a little fun with their overly accepting fanbase of course is wrong, like everything else that isn't "IT WAS GREAT". God, people are complacent.
I really struggle between believing that Boards of Canada can and did just acknowledge they'd fail to even remotely live up to the hype by putting together a project that appealed to their own tastes in some sense (probably the truth, and it's not dissimilar to what Daft Punk did, except Daft Punk went way overboard) and saying "here you go" OR that after eight years, they decided to hand listeners a puzzle and the ARG was only the beginning of it. I'm pretty sure it's the former, because I don't think the latter begins with "hey, let's have a whole bunch of overly REPETITIVE tracks that use the same sort of percussion we used with Slow This Bird Down, a bunch of arps and synths that sound like us trying to copy someone trying to copy us and remove any remnants of texture or width by running it through a VCR ten times, I'm sure that'll sound great."
Whatever man. Gemini and White Cyclosa make it seem like it's really going to go somewhere and then it just hits a brick wall. Uritual is good, Palace Posy and New Seeds are great. The rest I've heard before and far better.
Giving an estimate? Yeah, probably.
I really, really, really wanted to like it since everyone else seemed to imply I was missing something. Now I'm really quite aware just how many Twoism and WATMM posters there are that'll just suck BoC's dick to no end.