Folks in the music press have christened Tortoise the standard-bearer of the so-called Post Rock Movement, so named I suspect because they were short on time and thought 'Well, we've already had rock, and this obviously comes after rock, so...' At the moment, I like to think of them as Post Blood Orange music, as I just put on their latest album 'Standards' after consuming a pile of those tasty red citrus critters. While we're all walking around like normal folks eating brunch, writing checks, and waiting for the traffic light to turn green, the members of Tortoise are quietly influencing the direction music is headed. Chicago is a hotbed of musical talent these days, with folks playing in each other bands, forming little side projects and splinter groups, but strangely, it seems that all roads lead to Tortoise. They have a sound that is all their own, somewhere between jazz and rock, between improvisation and structure, between electronic and organic. And it works. In addition to the de rigeur guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard, their live show the last time around featured a whopping three marimbas.
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