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Tortoise's almost entirely instrumental music defies easy categorization. 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. Formed in 1990, Tortoise was among the first American indie rock bands to incorporate styles closer to , , , and various styles, rather than the standard rock and roll and punk that had dominated indie rock for years.

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  • The Catastrophist is fantastic.
  • The new album is less layered and thus less demanding; and certainly less annoying that Beacons.
  • new album is amazing. haven't sounded this good in a minute.
  • wow great album I thought this was going to be an electronic album. The vocals are provided by Georgia Hubley of Yo la tengo (:
  • The Catastrophist really lived up to my expectations!
  • Agree. Great record from beginning til the end. After few listenings i finally used to vocal tracks too :)
  • New album is great. Filled with so much energy and potential enough for a double album imo. Looks like the band is in great shape - let's hope another one comes sooner.
  • Yeah, tour date in Zagreb! Excellent! Vinyl TNT here i come :D
  • The new album, The Catastrophist, was very enjoyable. This could be an early favorite for the next year. Great find.
  • Found out they have a few concert dates in the US next year....Newport KY isn't too far of a drive from me and a reasonable enough excuse to have to go to Kentucky.

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