To overlap with the forthcoming new record, Thrill Jockey are getting classic Tortoise albums back out into the world on lovely wax. Millions Now Living Will Never Die is maybe Tortoise’s most highly regarded work, containing the remarkable side-long excursion ‘Djed’. On translucent blue vinyl.
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- Millions Now Living Will Never Die by Tortoise
10/10 Ross Holloway Customer review, 13th November 2015
Easily the best work by Tortoise and probably the essential 'post rock' record full stop - though the term 'post rock' seems a bit worn out right now in 2015. Best thought as being the work of musicians from the American punk scene who had seen the logic of make it harder, louder, faster a dead-end, which after Big Black is more or less was. Slint on Spiderland introduced the the almost unimaginable approach of playing both slowly and quietly (while being recorded by Big Blacks's Steve Albini). The novel invention of these American punk musicians was not to play punk rock, in the same way over the UK Stereolab weren't playing Indie-pop.
This line-up of Tortoise, featuring Dave Pajo of Slint on guitar, take on elements modern jazz, a bit of Krautrock, and a few slight touches of sort of dance music found on Mo Wax's Heads compilations that was doing the rounds at the time and featured Tortoise (though not the house music of their native Chicago, or the Techno of nearby Detroit). Like a lot of cerebral music it does lack in emotional impact, but it more than makes up for this in being thrillingly inventive, and because it works so well as a piece.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 11th November 2015
From the very beginning to the very end, this record keeps the ear entertained despite it is repetitive and very cold music. The synthesis of ambient, jazz, electronic and avantgarde-rock is perfect, since the music flows quite naturally. The opener "Djed" is a perfect development of krautrock through new technology and some minimalism, and one of the key pieces of nineties' music. The five other pieces are not so complex and coherent, but still offer a bunch of influences tied together in a very personal style and an uniquely cool sound.
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