Millions Now Living Will Never Die

Release date
16 May 1995
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Djed 21:00 66,055
2 Glass Museum 3:49 64,500
3 A Survey 2:51 52,488
4 The Taut and Tame 5:02 47,920
5 Dear Grandma and Grandpa 2:49 49,733
6 Along the Banks of Rivers 5:51 42,702
7 Gamera 11:53 31,869
8 Goriri 6:40 21,254
9 Restless Water 3:43 3,935
10 A Grape Dope 4:11 9,986

About this album

Tortoise’s production expertise hit an early peak with Millions Now Living Will Never Die, a work that not only references studio-centric forms like dub and electronica, but actively welds them to the group’s aesthetic of sturdily constructed indie rock. The centerpiece is the 21-minute opener “Djed,” a multi-part track which brought Tortoise’s already impressive compositional abilities to a grand scale. It’s almost a history of influences in miniature, first referencing tape music and dub for several minutes, then moving on to Krautrock with a chugging section incorporating wheezing organ and understated guitar chords. Halfway through, the band takes on minimalism with repeating figures of organ and vibes, then return to the green fields of their debut with a final few minutes of moody indie rock (though even this is spiced with a scratchy rhythm and various noise effects). With “Djed,” Tortoise made experimental rock do double duty as evocative, beautiful music. The other songs on Millions Now Living are hardly afterthoughts, though; highlights “Glass Museum” and “The Taut and Tame” display the band quickly growing out of the angular indie rock ghetto with exquisite music, constructed with more thought and played with more emotion, than any of their peers.

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  • saturaviolet

    this is not post-rock

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    why do people like Neu! so much

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Too "clean" for my tastes, it's almost excessively stagnant, rigid. Neu! (which has a massive influence on this album) for instance were able to create a vivid, movable music remaining in the electronic genre, a characteristic that lacks in this album, but this is just my personal opinion.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MathianSim

    189 listeners, what???

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • dAdriano


    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kajuga

    mk741 i totally agree with you. This album is best choice if you have to write something, deadline is very, very close and you have lots to do and only way is to be very creative and forget about sleeping:)

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    I just realized that the title is a reference to Jehovah's Witnesses

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    everyone will die, stupid title 0/10

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sunrisereporter

    thanks for the vinyl repress.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    I don't get them but I can understand why....the ticks that is...t7b

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Like Selected Ambient Works Vol II, a good album to listen to while studying/ doing school work.

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kmc12


    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ubermenschean

    Good stuff.

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Osh_Kosh

    A fantastic album. Not a weak track on it.

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ExoM7

    I bought it today and just realized now that it's "Millions Now Living Will Never Die", I downloaded it forever ago, without a tracklist, that said Millions Living Now Will Never Die and it never scrobbled right luls. It sounded great with Along the Banks... first, then Dear Grandma and Grandpa, with Djed third...oh well.

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • AEonCrux

    Personally, I like this release -- japanese, I believe. There's not too many places where you can find/listen to Gamera.... =)

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Ashluke

    adoro i cefali.

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • carl2020

    Please put the original album up, with six tracks. Come on lastfm. 1. DJed 20:57 2. Glass Museum 5:27 3. A Survey 2:52 4. The Taut And Tame 5:02 5. Dear Grandma And Grandpa 2:49 6. Along The Banks Of Rivers 5:50

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • clutnuckle

    that's a shame, man

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • sabsludge

    This album is great. All the songs are great, and Djed is the kind of song that just explodes everything you thought you knew about music

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
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