Song of the Day 5/7/09: Tortoise - High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
Oldtimers Tortoise have been doing the post rock thing for almost twenty years now, but we haven't seen original material from them since 2004. It's nice to see they spent the last 5 years avoiding cruising altitude - "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In" sounds both fresh and classic in the context of Tortoise's legacy. At over 8 minutes, it whiplashes between nimble synthesizer arpeggios, tinny drums and distorted waves of atmosphere, often stopping on a dime to kick into new elements that completely wash away the old. Fans of the "marathon song" aesthetic will want to check out what Tortoise is up to.
- Phillip Taylor-Parker
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