Back in the 1990s, Boards of Canada were considered the sound of the future. But, honey, this ain’t the 1990s. It’s 2013 and Boards of Canada are… still kind of considered the sound of the future. We’ve acknowledged that maybe the idea of the future hasn’t changed a whole lot since 1998, but, hey, nobody said when we were going to arrive at the future. Perhaps this year’s Tomorrow’s Harvest (TMT Review) is just looking toward the same future that Music Has the Right to Children was. That said, perhaps we thought we’d be done with some of the old media formats by now. Surely, by 2013, we’d only listen to Boards of Canada’s future music on future formats, right?
Nah. Not right. If that was the case, Warp would not be reissuing the Boards of Canada catalogue on vinyl. On October 21, the label will be reissuing the band’s first three albums: 1998’s Music Has the Right to Children, 2002’s Geogaddi, and 2005’s The Campfire Headphase. After the prime meat of the Boards of Canada discography is out of the way, the label’s second wave is coming in November 18: 1995’s Twoism mini-album, 2000’s In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country EP, and 2006’s Trans Canada Highway EP. All of these releases will also include a download code and an original Boards of Canada sticker with a design from the appropriate era. And that era is… THE FUTURE. No, they’re all from roughly whatever year the album came out.
Considering that this Boards of Canada reissue business is a booming market, Warp isn’t the only one getting into it. At some point in the year, Skam Records will reissue 1996’s Hi Scores EP. When will this reissue come out? When will it happen? It will happen in the, yeah, you know, the future.