A characteristic Tortoise album is one that traverses an encyclopedia of styles and reference points, a document of where musical intersections and dialogue are occurring at a given moment in time. Beacons of Ancestorship is no different, with nods to techno, punk, electro, lo-fi noise, cut-up beats, heavily processed synths, and mournful, elegiac dirges. We see these ideas working out in compositions like “High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In,” an eight-minute track which playfully references the world of ecstatic rave and dance culture with a curiously ambivalent, multi-part suite overlaid with robotic, machine-sounding melodies that stop and start in several different time signatures before the song’s ultimate resolution; and again in “Yinxianghechengqi,” which begins as a straightforward uptempo math-rocker before steadily accelerating into a wall of fuzzy atonal sqwonk.
Tortoise: Beacons of Ancestorship
High Class Slim Came Floatin' In Tortoise 8' 15''
Prepare Your Coffin Tortoise 3' 38''
Northern Something Tortoise 2' 25''
Gigantes Tortoise 6' 22''
Penumbra Tortoise 1' 08''
Yinxianghechengqi Tortoise 3' 38''
The Fall Of Seven Diamonds Plus One Tortoise 3' 40''
Minors Tortoise 4' 24''
Monument Six One Thousand Tortoise 3' 22''
De Chelly Tortoise 1' 47''
Charteroak Foundation Tortoise 5' 08''