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Tortoise / Catastrophist, The
Album:Catastrophist, The Collection:General
Artist:Tortoise Added:04/2016
Label:Thrill Jockey Records 

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Add Date:2016-04-18 Pull Date:2016-06-19 
Week Ending:12 Jun5 Jun29 May22 May8 May1 May24 Apr
Airplays:1231213

Recent Airplay
1.Sun, 27 Aug 17:Sam I Am
butterscotch memory
4.Mon, 30 May 16:Mr. Tumnus
Narnia
2.Wed, 20 Jul 16:Your Imaginary Friend
Brownian Motion
5.Sun, 29 May 16:R.O.Y. G. B.I.V.
The Prism Experiment
3.Sat, 11 Jun 16:Mr. Tumnus
Narnia
6.Sat, 28 May 16:R.O.Y. G. B.I.V.
The Prism Experiment

Album Review
Mr. Tumnus
Reviewed 2016-04-16 
Post-rock. Tortoise reminds me of the sort of jam sessions that people have in high school, if the people jamming were really really good. A bunch of dudes get together with their instruments and try to make some cool sounds. The rhythms are complicated and intricate, the textures and the layering of the sound is superb, and although it feels improvisational, I’m sure that it’s not. Most of the songs build up complicated, precise rhythms and harmonies, while the melodies are just a few simple notes. Music which is easy to listen to is rarely this rich.

No FCCs. All are great, although 6 is a personal favorite.

1) Intense opening fades into a beautiful ambling track.
2) Juddering opening, like a rock skittering across a pond.
3) Emphasis on the bass here. Funky.
4) Cool discordant clanging in the background. The melody is big power notes. Cool.
5) Exotic beat with quiet piano on top. Near the end, it disintegrates into soft ambient buzzing.
6) Mostly electronic with some drums underneath. Beautiful polyrhythms. Builds into a surprisingly intense jam session.
7) Warmer sound. Funky. Lots of big guitar chords.
8) A track with a vocalist! What a surprise. Earthy alto voice. Low energy, buzzy, quiet, smooth.
9) Lots of electronic accents. Warm, rich sound.
10) Lots of cymbal in this one. Great growly finish.

--Mr. Tumnus

Track Listing
1.The Catastrophist 6.The Clearing Fills
2.Ox Duke 7.Geseap
3.Rock On 8.Hot Coffee
4.Gopher Island 9.Yonder Blue
5.Shake Hands With Danger 10.Tesseract
 11.At Odds With Logic