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Tortoise announces new album, The Catastrophist, shares “Gesceap” — listen

on October 06, 2015, 12:05pm

Photo by Andrew Paynter

Tortoise are gearing up to return with The Catastrophist, their first album in nearly seven years. The follow-up to 2009’s impressive Beacons of Ancestorship is expected to hit shelves on January 22nd through Thrill Jockey.

For the 11-track effort, the Chicago experimental outfit — known for their fusion of post-rock, jazz, electronica, and more — will be working with “synth-swept jams” (title track), “hypnotic, bass-and-beat missives” (“Shake Hands with Danger”), as well as a cover of David Essex’s 1973 hit “Rock On”. Guest collaborators include Todd Rittman of US Maple/Dead Rider and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo.

According to a press release, the origins of the new album date back to a project some five years ago:

“For The Catastrophist, the spark came in 2010 when the group was commissioned by the City of Chicago to compose a suite of music rooted in its ties to the area’s noted jazz and improvised music communities. Tortoise then performed those five loose themes at a handful of concerts, and ‘when we finally got around to talking about a new record, the obvious solution to begin with was to take those pieces and see what else we could do with them,’ says [the band’s John] McEntire. ‘It turned out that for them to work for Tortoise, they needed a bit more of a rethink in terms of structure. They’re all pretty different in the sense that at first they were just heads and solos. Now, they’re orchestrated and complex.'”

As a preview, Tortoise have revealed lead single “Gesceap”, a meandering instrumental sparked by wavering synths. Listen in below.

The Catastrophist Artwork:

Tortoise - The Catastrophist cover

The Catastrophist Tracklist:
01. The Catastrophist
02. Ox Duke
03. Rock On
04. Gopher Island
05. Shake Hands With Danger
06. The Clearing Fills
07. Gesceap
08. Hot Coffee
09. Yonder Blue
10. Tesseract
11. At Odds With Logic

In addition to the LP news, Tortoise have lined up a 2016 tour across parts of Europe and North America.

Tortoise 2016 Tour Dates:
01/23 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
01/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
02/07 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega Jr.
02/08 – Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
02/09 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain
02/10 – Antwerpen, BE @ Trix
02/11 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
02/12 – St. Gallen, CH @ Palace
02/13 – Geneva, CH @ Antigel Festival
02/14 – Zurich, CH @ Stall 6
02/15 – Reutlingen, DE @ Franz. K
02/16 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
02/17 – Budapest, HU @ A 38
02/18 – Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
02/19 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotive Club
02/20 – Rome, IT @ Monk Club
02/21 – Milan, IT @ Magnolia Club
03/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center
03/11 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
03/12 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
03/13 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
03/14 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
03/15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/16 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
03/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
03/19 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
03/20 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
03/22 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
03/23 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
03/24 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio