Post Rock from Chicago.

Tortoise's almost entirely instrumental music defies easy categorization, and 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. 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.

Some have cited Tortoise as being one of the prime forces behind the development and popularity of the post-rock movement. Others, however, have characterised Tortoise's music as being heavily indebted to progressive rock.

Other groups related to Tortoise include The Sea and Cake, Brokeback, Slint, Isotope 217, and the Chicago Underground Duo. Tortoise records on the Thrill Jockey label.

The group's origins lie in the late 1980s pairing of Doug McCombs and John Herndon, who imagined themselves as a freelance rhythm section (like reggae legends Sly and Robbie). That idea never saw fruition, but their interest in grooving rhythms and recording studio trickery led to partnerships with drummer John McEntire and bassist Bundy K. Brown (both formerly of Bastro) joining, followed by Dan Bitney. Though songs are credited to all the musicians, McEntire quickly became perceived as, if not the acknowledged leader, the group's guiding force. In reality his extra contributions mainly took the form of being the recording engineer and mixer.

Tortoise Discography


thrill 013 Tortoise Tortoise (Album) Thrill Jockey thrill 013 US 1994 Sell This Version
04957-1 Tortoise Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters (Album) Thrill Jockey 04957-1 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
THRILL 025 Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Album) Thrill Jockey THRILL 025 US 1996 Sell This Version
SLANG 101 Tortoise TNT (Album) Thrill Jockey SLANG 101 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
WARPCD81P Tortoise Standards (Album) Thrill Jockey WARPCD81P UK 2000 Sell This Version
thrill-115 Tortoise It's All Around You (Album) Thrill Jockey thrill-115 UK 2004 Sell This Version
WIGCD167P Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Brave And The Bold (Album) Overcoat Recordings WIGCD167P UK 2006 Sell This Version
Thrill 210 Tortoise Beacons Of Ancestorship (Album) Thrill Jockey Thrill 210 US 2009 Sell This Version
THRILL 406 Tortoise The Catastrophist (Album) Thrill Jockey THRILL 406 US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Thrill 006 Tortoise Lonesome Sound (Single) Thrill Jockey Thrill 006 US 1993 Sell This Version
B17-003-7" Tortoise Mosquito Torsion Music B17-003-7" US 1993 Sell This Version
DS33-09 Tortoise Gamera / Cliff Dweller Society (EP) Duophonic Super 45s DS33-09 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SOUL-7 Tortoise Why We Fight (Single) Soul Static Sound SOUL-7 UK 1995 Sell This Version
thrill 12.4 Tortoise Rivers (Single) Thrill Jockey thrill 12.4 US 1996 Sell This Version
thrill 12.1 Tortoise Djed / Tjed (Single) Thrill Jockey thrill 12.1 US 1996 Sell This Version
D-UHF-D12 Tortoise / Stereolab Tortoise / Stereolab - Yaus / Speedy Car (Single) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHF-D12 UK 1996 Sell This Version
thrill 12.05 Tortoise The Taut And The Tame / Find The One (Single) Thrill Jockey thrill 12.05 US 1996 Sell This Version
thrill 12.3 Tortoise Music For Workgroups - The Oval Remixes (Single, EP) Thrill Jockey thrill 12.3 US 1996 Sell This Version
thrill 057 Tortoise Tour 1998 (Single) Thrill Jockey thrill 057 US 1998 Sell This Version
08709. Tortoise / Derrick Carter Tortoise / Derrick Carter - Derrick Carter Vs. Tortoise (Single) City Slang 08709. Germany 1998 Sell This Version
thrill 12.11, 12.11 Tortoise / Autechre Tortoise / Autechre - Adverse Camber / To Day Retreival(12") Thrill Jockey, Thrill Jockey thrill 12.11, 12.11 US 1998 Sell This Version
fish 5 Tortoise + The Ex Tortoise + The Ex - In The Fishtank (EP) Konkurrent fish 5 US 1999 Sell This Version
THRILL 12.22 Tortoise Gently Cupping The Chin Of The Ape (Tortoise Tour 2001)(CD, EP, Enh) Thrill Jockey THRILL 12.22 US 2001 Sell This Version
thrill 12.34 Tortoise High Class Slim Came Floatin' In - Eyeremix / Gigantes Version - Mark Ernestus Thrill Jockey thrill 12.34 US 2009 Sell This Version
RZCM-46520 Tortoise Why Waste Time?(CD, EP, Enh) Commmons RZCM-46520 Japan 2010 Sell This Version