Tortoise – The Catastrophist


Tortoise is a funky find if you’re looking for music to make ransom notes, like the kind a psycho would make with cut-out letters.

The genre is classified as “post-rock,” but I tend to think of it as awesome video game music. No lyrics needed to get the point across with these guys. Their new album The Catastrophist has more synthesizers and electronic sounds than guitars and drums, which is cool for our future robot overlords. These guys are way ahead of the curve when it comes to making my ears feel weird. I like repetition like any self-respecting insane person but listening to Tortoise makes me feel like I’m trapped on a carousel with a thousand kids playing kazoos.

I recommend this album if you need a soundtrack to that weird continued falling feeling in your dreams.

Rating: 6 out of 12 cans of PBR!

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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