Tortoise “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” (1996, Thrill Jockey Records)
This is the band’s second studio album and it starts off with a loud noise… A 20 minute masterpiece titled, “Djed.” It might start off rough, but wait until the 3 minute mark when the deep bass grooves begin and the composition starts to take hold. When this album was released I worked at a small, independent record store and I couldn’t get enough - I must’ve played this at least once a day, ordering 30+ copies for the store and selling every one of them. After the 20 minute opening track comes to an end, the rest of this “post-rock” album flows from one track to the next rather quickly, ending before you know it.
What is post rock? In this particular instance, I like to describe Tortoise as “a jazz-influenced instrumental and experimental, but rhythmic indie art rock from Chicago.” Most of Tortoise’s first 2 albums rely heavily on percussion and effects created by Douglas McCombs, John Herndon, and John McEntire.
R.I.Y.L. - Modern Jazz Quartet, Sea & Cake, Slow Loris, The For Carnation