Tortoise

Tortoise

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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.
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Tortoise Discography

Albums

Tortoise Tortoise (Album) Thrill Jockey US 1994 Sell This Version
Tortoise Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters (Album) Thrill Jockey Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Album) Thrill Jockey Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise TNT (Album) Thrill Jockey Poland 1998 Sell This Version
Tortoise Standards (Album) Thrill Jockey UK 2000 Sell This Version
Tortoise It's All Around You (Album) Thrill Jockey UK 2004 Sell This Version
Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Brave And The Bold (Album) Overcoat Recordings UK 2006 Sell This Version
HEADZ64 Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Brave And The Bold(CD, Album) Headz HEADZ64 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
Tortoise Beacons Of Ancestorship (Album) Thrill Jockey US 2009 Sell This Version
Tortoise The Catastrophist (Album) Thrill Jockey US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Tortoise Lonesome Sound (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1993 Sell This Version
Tortoise Mosquito Torsion Music US 1993 Sell This Version
Tortoise Gamera / Cliff Dweller Society (EP) Duophonic Super 45s UK 1995 Sell This Version
Tortoise Why We Fight (Single) Soul Static Sound UK 1995 Sell This Version
Tortoise Rivers (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise Djed / Tjed (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise / Stereolab Tortoise / Stereolab - Yaus / Speedy Car (Single) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks UK 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise The Taut And The Tame / Find The One (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise Music For Workgroups - The Oval Remixes (Single, EP) Thrill Jockey US 1996 Sell This Version
Tortoise Tour 1998 (Single) Thrill Jockey US 1998 Sell This Version
Tortoise / Derrick Carter Tortoise / Derrick Carter - Derrick Carter Vs. Tortoise (Single) City Slang 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
Tortoise + The Ex Tortoise + The Ex - In The Fishtank (EP) Konkurrent 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
Tortoise High Class Slim Came Floatin' In - Eyeremix / Gigantes Version - Mark Ernestus Thrill Jockey US 2009 Sell This Version