Chicago based quintet Tortoise have just released a delightfully hypnotic new single “Gesceap” (which can be listened to below via YouTube) which will be on the band’s upcoming album “The Catastrophist” that comes out on January 22nd via Thrill Jockey Records.
“Gesceap” is one of those cool songs that starts off with a single layer of sound and then gradually over the course of the song’s seven and a half minutes builds up more and more until it is almost an electronic rock symphony. It makes you feel like you’re surrounded by a cyber ocean at sunset in some ways. Pitchfork goes into further detail, saying:
Leading with a hypnotic latticework of synthesizer chords, “Gesceap” immediately feels light-years removed from the scuffed, hard-bop crunch of Tortoise‘s 2009 LP, Beacons of Ancestorship. This is territory more native to their labelmates, Mountains. One series of motifs separate from the larger melodic ganglia, quickly followed by another. Drums kick-stutter into gear; looped tangles of guitar ping-pong at a gradually escalating pace.
I have the feeling that “Gesceap” is just the tip of the ice burg with “The Catastrophist”. I’ll definitely be excited to hear the rest of the record.