Tortoise: Beacons of Ancestorship (2009)

Tortoise
Beacons of Ancestorship; 2009
Thrill Jockey
My Rating: 39/100
Tortoise are one of the grand behemoths of post-rock, making almost-accessible experimental music for some fifteen or sixteen years now. Their first three full-lengths are testimonies to the power of sound, rife with inspiration and vision. Unfortunately, the band started to lose their way with STANDARDS, emphasizing the free-form influences of their jazz leanings over the structured instrumentalism of their earlier work. That didn’t ruin STANDARDS, which remains a pretty good record in and of itself, but it bears itself in full bloom on ANCESTORSHIP, their six full-length work. At this point the band seems completely different from the band bearing the same name in the 1990’s. Sure, there are interesting and pretty sounds here, but all in all the band seems to have simply lost the plot. I can’t really say too much beyond that. The songs just don’t have the power behind them to work their way into my head. Instead, BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP just sort of bounces off the cranial surface, heading into the abyss of space like radio static. Hope isn’t lost for another great Tortoise record, but the band’s really gonna have to pull something together next time to get me to listenTortoise
Beacons of Ancestorship; 2009
Thrill Jockey
My Rating: 39/100
Tortoise are one of the grand behemoths of post-rock, making almost-accessible experimental music for some fifteen or sixteen years now. Their first three full-lengths are testimonies to the power of sound, rife with inspiration and vision. Unfortunately, the band started to lose their way with STANDARDS, emphasizing the free-form influences of their jazz leanings over the structured instrumentalism of their earlier work. That didn’t ruin STANDARDS, which remains a pretty good record in and of itself, but it bears itself in full bloom on ANCESTORSHIP, their six full-length work. At this point the band seems completely different from the band bearing the same name in the 1990’s. Sure, there are interesting and pretty sounds here, but all in all the band seems to have simply lost the plot. I can’t really say too much beyond that. The songs just don’t have the power behind them to work their way into my head. Instead, BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP just sort of bounces off the cranial surface, heading into the abyss of space like radio static. Hope isn’t lost for another great Tortoise record, but the band’s really gonna have to pull something together next time to get me to listen.
Beacons_of_Ancestorship_coverTortoise
Beacons of Ancestorship; 2009
Thrill Jockey

My Rating: 39/100
Tortoise are one of the grand behemoths of post-rock, making almost-accessible experimental music for some fifteen or sixteen years now. Their first three full-lengths are testimonies to the power of sound, rife with inspiration and vision. Unfortunately, the band started to lose their way with STANDARDS, emphasizing the free-form influences of their jazz leanings over the structured instrumentalism of their earlier work. That didn’t ruin STANDARDS, which remains a pretty good record in and of itself, but it bears itself in full bloom on ANCESTORSHIP, their six full-length work. At this point the band seems completely different from the band bearing the same name in the 1990’s. Sure, there are interesting and pretty sounds here, but all in all the band seems to have simply lost the plot. I can’t really say too much beyond that. The songs just don’t have the power behind them to work their way into my head. Instead, BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP just sort of bounces off the cranial surface, heading into the abyss of space like radio static. Hope isn’t lost for another great Tortoise record, but the band’s really gonna have to pull something together next time to get me to listen.
TRACKS:
1. High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In (3/5)
2. Prepare Your Coffin (3/5)
3. Northern Something (3/5)
4. Gigantes (4/5)
5. Penumbra (3/5)
6. Yinxianghechengqi (3/5)
7. The Fall of Seven Diamonds Plus One (3/5)
8. Minors (3/5)
9. Monument Six One Thousand (3/5)
10. de Chelly (3/5)
11. Charteroak Foundation (3/5)