TORTOISE, BEACONS OF ANCESTORSHIP

For their first record in five years, the avant-rock collective sticks to their M.O.:unpredictability. With the exception of "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In," which jumps between skronk rock, ambient noise, rave beats, and swirling keyboards, it's not as revolutionary as their nineties masterpieces. But in Tortoise's hands, even comfort food is arresting.

Tortoise, Beacons of Ancestorship [Thrill Jockey]

Our rating: 3 out of a possible 5

For their first record in five years, the avant-rock collective sticks to their M.O.:unpredictability. With the exception of "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In," which jumps between skronk rock, ambient noise, rave beats, and swirling keyboards, it's not as revolutionary as their nineties masterpieces. But in Tortoise's hands, even comfort food is arresting. Matt Hendrickson

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