From The Album Play album. Tortoise Tortoise 76, listeners. Play track. Artist images 29 more. Tortoise , listeners Related Tags post-rock experimental instrumental Tortoise's almost entirely instrumental music defies easy categorization. The group gained significant attention from their early career.
The members have roots in Chicago's fertile music scene, playing in various indie rock and punk groups. Formed in , Tortoise was among the first American indie rock bands to incorporate styles closer to Krautrock , dub , minimalism , electronica and various jazz styles, rather than the standard rock and roll and punk that had dominated indie rock for years.
The group's origins lie in the late 's pairing of McCombs and He… read more. Tortoise's almost entirely instrumental music defies easy categorization. The members have roots in Chicago's fert… read more. The members have roots in Chicago's fertile music scene, playing in various indie rock… read more.
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Night Air 3. Throwaways or experiments if you will. A couple more are like that but I like the majority of this album and think it is definitely at least worth a listen. The thematic and technical cohesion is a bit underdeveloped in parts for me in the end but this is a debut for a reason.
Then Start with this, their Debut!!! So the joke goes Is God's way of saying, that a Musician has become too proficient with their instrument". Brown, and centre around linchpin and drummer John McEntire. The sound is one of music that is a reflective and cerebral blend of meditative instrumentals that does touch upon elements of their musical influences.
The subtle use of percussion, basses, and occasional electronics are all skillfully interwoven into their tracks and create a sort of wistfully detached musical atmosphere. And although electronic sampling and manipulation at various points through their tracks is evident, it's the intertwining guitar motifs that are their strongest assets. And this is where that Jazz reference most clearly rears its head.
Not in that it Jazz music, but more that it that the sensibilities of Jazz Texturing the music, precise performances, and to a greater degree Mood , are all skillfully worked into shimmering rhythms and distinctive taut dynamics that only years of excelling with your instrument can bring. Tortoise's music is one, that never really breaks out of a laid-back speed, one that is in equal parts hushed gentle rhythms, and intimate precious sounding cerebral noodling.
And if I'm being completely honest with you, there is a little bit of truth in those claims, and those people should pass over Tortoise and look for something else.
But that doesn't mean that isn't still an exceptionally performed and elegantly composed album, and although the band would learn from this release and their next album The seminal "Millions Now Living, Will Never Die" would find them performing more as a unit, rather than a group of highly talented musicians performing together. This is still a remarkably classy and in some cases funky debut, that is the perfect introduction to the band. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries.
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Tortoise sounds like a dark and wonderful garage full of dusty instruments. It's like looking at Avedon photographs -- the crevices and quirky imperfections are so richly explored that they become things of beauty. Disjointed twangy guitar riffs, distant harmonic overtones, bass mumblings, and a heartbeat make up tracks like "Flyrod," and "Ry Cooder" ebbs and flows organically through multiple key changes, tempos, and moods: foreboding, tense, plodding, explosive, hip, jazzy, cool, and funky a signature piece for the band.
The modest success of this CD proved to be a launching pad for several offshoot projects several of which included founding members of this band , like Directions in Music, Isotope , Trans Am, Rome, and the Sea and Cake. In subsequent releases, Tortoise evolved to be a collective rather than a set roster of players.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Tortoise on Discogs.