Tortoise is an amazing band that really defies description but all of their songs seem to take you on a journey through many layers of music. In addition to Robert Rich appearing on Thursday, this will be an amazing week of electronica and free-flowing ambient sound at the Cedar.
The Tortoise concert made the City Pages A-List for good reason: “The free-ranging, casually intricate music of the Chicago-based, virtually vocals-free quintet Tortoise has been aptly called the “friendlier end of the avant-garde.” That presumably means that despite arrangements dense with irregular layers of sounds from dozens of different directions and equally complex rhythms, they often exist in a languid context full of melodic hooks and grooves that stir the backbone. Often Tortoise seems to be concocting themes for imaginary movies, but on a far more intriguing scale than the standard soundtrack, creating vivid pastiches encompassing jazz, progressive and indie-rock ideas, ambient, dub, electronica, shards of spaghetti-western soundtracks, subversive touches of dissonance, serene vistas that remain unsettling. In fact, Tortoise’s music constantly evolves, shape-shifting its way toward horizons that can be breathtaking but are always elusive.With Make Believe. $18/$20 at the door. 8:00 p.m.” (A-List Pick, Rick Mason, City Pages 6/30/07)
Tortoise – Glass Museum
Tortoise performing live “Magnet Pulls Through”