ALBUM REVIEW: Tortoise – The Catastrophist | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 22.01.16




For a band that’s been tagged with something of an egghead reputation, there’s long been a whimsical undertow to Tortoise’s work.

It’s this edge that comes out over the course of The Catastrophist. If not matching the inventiveness of milestones like Millions Now Living Shall Never Die or Standards, this certainly stands as one of their most compact and eclectic collections; full-on burbling synths and a sharper pop sensibility than before are on display during the laid-back fusion of Hot Coffee and the warped soul ballad Yonder Blue.

The real highlight though? A truly surreal dub deconstruction of David Essex hit Rock On, dressed down and forced into the sonic mould of Metal Box-era Public Image Limited.

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