Tortoise released “The Catastrophist” – their first album in almost seven years – in January after being commissioned by the city of Chicago to create an album that reflected the city’s improvisational jazz roots. The group’s familiar bass grooves and atmospherics are all present on “The Castrophist,” but the album finds the always experimental band adding one new element to their extensive palette of sounds: Vocals. Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley makes a guest appearance on the breezy, washed-out track “Yonder Blue” and Todd Rittmann (U.S. Maple, Dead Rider) makes an appearance on a random cover of David Essex’s “Rock On.”
The group’s first single from “The Catastrophist” is the sprawling 7+ minute looping synth jam “Gesceap.”
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