The Catastrophist, the latest album, sounds a lot like their best-loved work, albeit with a few minor tweaks; what most makes it stand out is the presence, for the first time, of prominent vocals. On the track "Yonder Blue," Georgia Hubley, of indie pop cult favorite Yo La Tengo, provides delicately sublime singing. The track, with its laid-back beat and quiet organ, is a different terrain for an outfit known for their dramatics. Hubley's band Little Black Egg will open here, easing fans into Tortoise’s new, not-quite-pop sound.
Unlike many Nineties bands who have made comebacks over the last few years, Chicago post-rock band Tortoise never broke up. Like the animal their group takes its name from, they move at their own pace — in 2016, they released their first album in seven years. Tortoise are known for inventive, hyper-proficient instrumental music that explores genres like jazz, dub, and prog rock, often with epic results.