Tortoise prep first new album in five years for April

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After five years, the five guys from Chicago's post-rock group Tortoise are releasing a new album of original material. Some might say that's tortoise speed to release a new record, but give the dudes a break. You ever hear one of their songs? With a bunch of free-minded musicians trying each to add their own thing, it could probably get confusing.

In between the last album, It's All Around You, and the forthcoming, still-untitled record, the quintet released a covers album in 2006 in collaboration with Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy) called The Brave and the Bold, featuring renditions of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Devo, Elton John and others.

According to bassist Doug McCombs, the new album has "a lot of variety," tracks that "don't adhere to any traditional song forms" and "unconventional drumming and percussion." The album will also be synth-heavy. And, if you think all of that sounds complex, just wait until you hear the band thought about having one piece comprise the entirety of the record. "...that ended up not really being possible with the material we had," McCombs says. "I think it's something we want to put on the back-burner."

Related links:
News: Tortoise announces summer tour dates
Review: It's All Around You
Tortoise on MySpace

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