Tortoise, A Lazarus Taxon

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

A Lazarus Taxon


For a band named after a slow creature, Tortoise has spent most of its career being way ahead of the curve. They came out of Chicago in the early '90s, at a moment when a lot of their scenemates were trying to make records that sounded like live punk rock, and did something very different: instrumental, experimental, low-end-heavy music that relied heavily on cutting-edge studio wizardry and improvisational mixology. Then they invited their associates to refashion what they'd fashioned, more or less inventing the trend of indie-rock remixes. A Lazarus Taxon compiles their best out-of-print material: a few dozen tracks from singles, compilations and rarities, and the entirety of their far-sighted (and ridiculously collectible) 1995 remix disc Rhythms, Resolutions and Clusters.