Tortoise: TNT, Emily Wells with Metropolis Ensemble

The legendary experimental rock band TORTOISE will play its “weirdly beautiful and impossible to pin down” (Pitchfork) 1998 masterpiece TNT start to finish.

Tortoise, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire, and Jeff Parker, has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica, and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own. The band has always thrived on sudden bursts of inspiration. TNT, its third record and the first after Parker joined, has a more organic and groove-oriented sound than the earlier efforts—interestingly so, as it was also the product of a new approach in the studio for the band that embraced early digital recording technologies. Produced by McEntire, TNT was recorded and mixed over the course of a year from November 1996 to November 1997 using Pro Tools, the now ubiquitous digital editing system that among other things allows for easy editing and re-assembling of songs from diverse recorded parts. The outcome was a tour de force of a record that solidified Tortoise’s place as trailblazers of post-rock.

EMILY WELLS “works in the space between art-pop and neoclassical chamber music.” (New Sounds with John Schafer) The Brooklyn-based singer and multi-instrumentalist is here with the GRAMMY Award-nominated METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE, who appear on her ethereal new album This World Is Too _____ For You.