Yet another album I listened to recently. This one is highly recommended for those into post-rock and related music and want an introduction to Tortoise.
Tortoise — A Lazarus Taxon (2006)
Tortoise is a bit of an oddity, emerging from late grunge era on many trip hop and related complications yet not really quite fitting with artists typical of the genre. Some publications (i.e. Village Voice) even labeled it as being “hip hop”. The most common label used nowadays is “post-rock”, but even that label fails to adequately describe their music.
This is a three CD set of recordings up to this point in their history. The compositions are complex, often groove-heavy, and serve as background music or for more focused listening equally well. If you haven’t heard Tortoise, this is a great place to start!
We continue our exploration of the Aun music collection with more albums and recordings currently on my phone. Given limited time available today, we’ll just cover one performance.
Negativland + SUE-C • Tuesday, March 23rd Ann Arbor Film Festival
Negativland is one of the bands on the Nurse With Wound list of lesser known artists to check out. It’s a sound collage with a sociopolitical statement. Abstractions, satire, concrete messages, and a bit of sarcasm combine with a visual performance to create a masterpiece.
The audio itself is a bit incomplete and has quite a few dead spots that weren’t dead due to the visual elements in the show. Audio or video form, it’s still definitely worth checking out.
A quality name-your-price Bandcamp release by a French artist Rudy Hellio with most of the inspiration drawn from countless hours of listening to Durutti Column. This is one of many Bandcamp releases to use as fodder against those who claim “music ain’t good like it used to be”. Post-rock, shoegaze, and other influences are seamlessly interwoven into one of my personal favorites of late 2021 from Bandcamp.