Sunday A.M. Radio: Tortoise

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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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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