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The Catastrophist

Thrill Jockey

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Simply put, Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own.

It’s a fact that remains true on “The Catastrophist,” Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years. And it’s an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cozy up next to hypnotic, bass-and-beat missives like “Shake Hands With Danger” and a downright strange cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio smash sung by U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann. Throughout, the songs transcend expectations as often as they delight the eardrums.

Tortoise, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire and Jeff Parker, has always thrived on sudden bursts of inspiration. And for “The Catastrophist,” the spark came in 2010 when the group was commissioned by the City of Chicago to compose a suite of music rooted in its ties to the area’s noted jazz and improvised music communities.

As ever, Tortoise has conjured sounds on “The Catastrophist” that aren’t being purveyed anywhere else in music today. There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group members that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. And at a time when our brains are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, “The Catastrophist” reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen. - Thrill Jockey

“Chicago post-­rockers Tortoise have been innovating on the outer edge of indie rock for more than two decades, and The Catastrophist, their seventh studio album, proves that they are still finding new ways to approach their craft. Pulling inspiration from jazz fusion and minimalist electronica, Tortoise have always defined what “post-­rock” was meant to represent: ­­the sounds and ideas that exist beyond that of standard, blues­-based rock and roll, not just the formulaic retreading of slowly building riffs and delay­-heavy guitars that has since taken over the genre.” - Consequence of Sound

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The Catastrophist


Thrill Jockey


Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 gram



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Electronica, Rock


Post Rock, Experimental

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