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Tortoise’s The Catastrophist Streaming on The Guardian, More European Tour Dates Announced

January 17, 2016


Tortoise’s The Catastrophist streaming exclusively via The Guardian

First studio album since 2009, out 22nd Jan on Thrill Jockey Records

More European shows added to tour, Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) supporting on Feb dates

“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

The revered instrumental group Tortoise have spent 25 years making music that defies description. While they have nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout their acclaimed and influential album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly their own.

Tortoise will return with the release of their new album, “The Catastrophist” next week. The highly anticipated record already has received praise from the likes of Mojo, Uncut, Pitchfork, Loud and Quiet, Stereogum, and Record Collector.

Ahead of its release, The Guardian has an advance stream of The Catastrophist which you can listen to below. Recorded at John McEntire’s famed Soma Studios, it is an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cozy up next to hypnotic, bass-and-beat missives like “Shake Hands With Danger,” a cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio hit, “Rock On,” sung by U.S. Maple/Dead Rider’s Todd Rittmann, and the bittersweet soul ballad “Yonder Blue,” sung by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley.

Stream The Catastrophist via The Guardian

Tortoise will be touring Europe, North America and Japan in 2016. Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) who released his latest sublime solo album “The Republic” last year, will be supporting on all the February shows (except 22nd). Full list of dates below.

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

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 viewable from HERE 

Tortoise – “The Catastrophist”
Out 22nd January via Thrill Jockey
Available on CD / LP / DL 


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

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