Tortoise Shares Video for Yonder Blue feat. Georgia Hubley – European Tour Starts Next Week

January 28, 2016


Tortoise share beautifully melancholy video for Yonder Blue, featuring vocals by Georgia Hubley

The acclaimed new album The Catastrophist is out now!

European headline tour kicks off next week, recently added to Primavera Sound Festival line up

“Atmospherically and melodically sublime from premium grade popular and art music precedents. Post pop, anyone?” – Mojo, 4/5

“Tortoise keep pace with latterday peers Battles and Zombi, a fine feat for a band deep in its third decade.”Uncut, 8/10

“Dense, polyrhythmic experiments into texture, timbre and dynamics played with an addictive, virtuoso level of restraint.” Loud and Quiet, 8/10

“They remain perennially relevant.” Record Collector, 4/5

“This uniquely accessible record is a subtle delight.”The Skinny, 4/5

“Certainly their best record since 2001’s Standards, here Tortoise sound revitalised.” The 405, 8/10

Following last week’s release of the acclaimed new album “The Catastrophist“, the revered instrumental group Tortoise has just shared a gorgeous new video for the track “Yonder Blue,” a bittersweet, honest-to-goodness soul ballad featuring the unmistakable and honey drenched vocals of Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley.

Filmed around Belfast’s scenic countryside and much like the song, the video evokes a sense of longing and warm melancholy. Director Joe Martinez wanted to personify this feeling into a character for the Yonder Blue video. Martinez further explains on the concept and character, a person in pursuit of her identity and a journey that has the feeling of being incomplete. A snapshot of an existential journey and a moment to revel in the undefined qualities of life.”

Recorded at John McEntire’s Soma Studios and their first in nearly seven years, the Catastrophist is a record where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cozy up next to hypnotic, bass-and-beat missives like “Shake Hands With Danger,” and a cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio hit, “Rock On,” sung by U.S. Maple/Dead Rider’s Todd Rittmann. Since its release the album has gained critical praise from the likes of Mojo,Uncut, BBC 6MusicNew York Times, Stereogum, Loud and Quiet, Record CollectorChicago TribuneThe Skinny and more.

Tortoise will be touring the world throughout 2016. Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) who released his latest sublime solo album “The Republic” last year will be supporting on the European shows in February, except 22nd and 23rd. The band have recently been added to the Primavera Sound Festival line up for June. Full list of EU dates below.


Buy The Catastrophist:

Tortoise European Tour Dates (new dates in bold):

Sun 7th Feb Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Jr – tickets * ^

Mon 8th Feb Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik – tickets * ^

Tue 9th Feb Berlin, Germany – Berghain – tickets – SOLD OUT * ^

Wed 10th Feb Antwerp, Belgium – Trix – tickets * ^

Thu 11th Feb Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli – tickets * ^

Fri 12th Feb St. Gallen, Switzerland – Palace – tickets * ^^

Sat 13th Feb Geneva, Switzerland – Antigel Festival * – tickets

Sun 14th Feb Zürich, Switzerland – Stall 6 – tickets * ^^

Mon 15th Feb Reutlingen, Germany – franz.K – tickets *

Tue 16th Feb Wien, Austria – Arena – tickets * ^

Wed 17th Feb Budapest, Hungary – A 38 – tickets *

Thu 18th Feb Zagreb, Croatia – Mochvara * – tickets

Fri 19th Feb Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv Club – tickets *

Sat 20th Feb Rome, Italy – Monk Club – tickets *

Sun 21st Feb Milan, Italy – Magnolia Club – tickets *

Mon 22nd Feb Istanbul, Turkey – CRR Concert Hall tickets **

Tue 23rd Feb London, UK – Village Underground – SOLD OUT

Fri 27th May Torino, Italy – Cap10100 tickets

Sat 28th May Brescia, Italy – Latteria Molloy tickets

Sun 29th May Munich, Germany – Feierwerk – tickets

Mon 30th May Frankfurt, Germany – Das Bett – tickets

Tue 31st May Paris, France – TBA

Wed 1st June Koln, Germany – Kulturkirche – tickets

Thu 2nd June Besancon, France – La Rodia

Fri 3rd June Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound tickets

Sun 5th June Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song Festival

Mon 6th June Toulouse, France – Metronum

Wed 8th June Metz, France – Les Trinitaires

Thu 9th June Tourcoing, France – Le Grand Mix

Fri 3rd July Keflavik, Iceland – Asbru (ATP Iceland) – tickets

Tue 5th July Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater tickets

* Sam Prekop
^ Blondie Brownie

^^ Little Tornados
** The Ex feat. Ken Vandermark

NOTE: North American and Japan dates from HERE 

Tortoise – “The Catastrophist”

1. The Catastrophist
2. Ox Duke
3. Rock On
4. Gopher Island
5. Shake Hands With Danger
6. The Clearing Fills
7. Gesceap
8. Hot Coffee
9. Yonder Blue
10. Tesseract
11. At Odds With Logic
Out now via Thrill Jockey
Available on CD / LP / DL 

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