Sunday, 26 July 2009

Tortoise - Beacons Of Ancestorship

Tortoise's sixth full length album couldn't have come at a more important time, with the likes of Battles, Animal Collective gaining huge success it feels only right that one of the pioneers of the weird and wonderful should be back displaying an album that could very well be one of their best to date. More accessible than some of their previous work 'Beacons Of Ancestorship' as with any Tortoise album completely revolutionises their sound with tracks taking on a more 'happy,' energetic route than some of their older material, mixing in a lot more crazy synth noises with some fast paced drum beats such as the 3 minute 'Prepare Your Coffin' which feel more like jazz and electro than anything post rock.
In fact through the album we find a huge variety of different influences with every track feeling that little bit different with the first three tracks mixing in heavy, dirgey samples and then you get track four, 'Gigantes' which starts as more of a Lo- Fi, stripped down number and builds up to the kind of spacey synth sounds you would expect to hear as the soundtrack to some kind of Blade Runner esq film.
The craziness doesn't stop there, with tracks such as 'Yinxianghechengqi' adding some punk into the mix.
Being their first release of new material for over five years, Tortoise have definitely taken the time not only to hone their very distinct sound but to completely evolve with the times and create an album that is totally full of surprises.

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