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Post Rock/Math rock

3.73 | 98 ratings

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4 stars Relaxing minimalist post-rock.

TORTOISE were one of the pioneering bands of post-rock and they display some great experimentation and interesting influences in this great album. The music is entirely instrumental and is quite diverse in terms of instrumentation, there is some great vibraphone usage, the drumming is super tight and interesting, the bass does a lot of lead work and the guitar is usually quite clean and twangy. The synth and studio created effects and melodies though provide many of the highlights of the album creating subtle backdrops and variations and providing most of the more melodic elements of the music.

The 20 minute opening track Djed is a clear highlight from the get go with some great kraut influenced super-tight drumming, I especialy like the flanged high-hat sound, it is adds to the washy flowing feel of the song, the bass is great too it's constant and minimal with slight variations every now and then and the synth adds to the mix creating a lovely summery laid back feel. The ending is great too I'm a big fan of the vibes. Due to the minimalist nature of the music all the songs feel kind of intertwined so it's hard to pick out other highlights but 'dear grandma and grandpa deserves special mention', it's a great symphonic song featuring mostly synth and effected percussion and it invokes some great emotion.

Overall 'Millions now living will never die' is a very soothing and relaxing post-rock album recommended to any post-rock fan or anyone in need of some good chillout music.

FruMp | 4/5 |


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