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Thrill Jockey
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March 1998
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Originally released in 1998, this is the third album from American post-everything rock band Tortoise. Taking the beat-driven Motorik characteristics of their second record, Millions Now Living Will Never Die, Bitney et al. here add a sheer of psychedelic jazz in the execution; whirling guitar dervishes set fire with bristling drumscapes, and angular bass riffage - like Miles in the Chicago snow. Here, they incorporate more electronic sounds (paving the way to future work), evocative field recordings, and more unusual instrumentation (the marimba is heard more than once). They even spin our heads with a glorious ode to the great of American Minimalism Steve Reich on the chiming ‘ Ten-Day Interval’ - this is music to detonate TNT to... or perhaps music made by people detonating TNT. Either way, the results are addictive.

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  1. 1 TNT 7:33 Tortoise Buy
  2. 2 Swung From the Gutters 5:52 Tortoise Buy
  3. 3 Ten-Day Interval 4:44 Tortoise Buy
  4. 4 I Set My Face to the Hillside 6:08 Tortoise Buy
  5. 5 The Equator 3:42 Tortoise Buy
  6. 6 A Simple Way to Go Faster Than Light That Does Not Work 3:33 Tortoise Buy
  7. 7 The Suspension Bridge at Iguazú Falls 5:38 Tortoise Buy
  8. 8 Four-Day Interval 4:45 Tortoise Buy
  9. 9 In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, and Beethoven There Were Women and Men 7:29 Tortoise Buy
  10. 10 Almost Always is Nearly Enough 2:42 Tortoise Buy
  11. 11 Jetty 8:21 Tortoise Buy
  12. 12 Everglade 4:21 Tortoise Buy


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