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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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  • Avatar for nutriaposa
    The Catastrophist is fantastic. For me it didn't have the obvious grooves of Standards (Rock On the obvious exception to that) but it's a real grower with immersive atmospheres and textures. And Yonder Blue is a wonderfully melodious track.
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    the suspension bridge at iguazú falls [2]
  • Avatar for fodaseessamerda
    the suspension bridge at iguazú falls
  • Avatar for corinaige
    it was heaven when they played Crest live
  • Avatar for skeletonbone
    One of those bands i feel confused as to why i hadn't checked them out sooner.
  • Avatar for bending-light
    The Catastrophist is fantastic.
  • Avatar for Cut1977
    The new album is less layered and thus less demanding; and certainly less annoying that Beacons.
  • Avatar for bopapocalypse
    new album is amazing. haven't sounded this good in a minute.
  • Avatar for GreenKemmler
    wow great album I thought this was going to be an electronic album. The vocals are provided by Georgia Hubley of Yo la tengo (:
  • Avatar for Ambiverted
    The Catastrophist really lived up to my expectations!

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