Tortoise – a name any self-respecting post-rock fan should know, and, frankly, any indie music fan should know it too. The Chicago band has been around since the early 90s and with their last two albums, the band has taken a decidedly more electronic approach to their song making. If you take a look at the likes of Millions Now Living Will Never Die or TNT, the dub influence was monstrous. Their last album, Beacons of Ancestorship, had those lovely dub elements evident in Tortoise’s brand of post-rock, but electronics started creeping their way in to the production. Nearly seven years after this album (yeah, it’s been a minute), we have The Catastrophist which brings them out in full force it seems, going off the first single “Gesceap.” Thrill Jockey keeps it coy, though, and I’m not sure we’ll see much else until The Catastrophist sees its release early next year. Listen to “Gesceap” below via the SoundCloud player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

The band has always thrived on sudden burst of inspiration. For The Catastrophist, the spark came in 2010 when they composed a suite of music rooted in its ties to Chicago's noted jazz and improvised music communities. Tortoise performed five loose themed pieces at a handful of concerts, and "when we finally got around to talking about a new record, the obvious solution to begin with was to take those pieces and see what else we could do with them," says McEntire.

Tortoise has Conjured sounds like no other on their newly released, The Catastrophist. As we are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, the new album reminds us that there is something much greater out there, and all we have to do is listen.

"The album's single Gesceap embodies the transformation of the original suite commissions, as it morphs from two gently intersecting synth lines into a pounding frenzied full-band finish."

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