A lot of people remember the experience of plugging in a casio keyboard for the first time and wanting to try out all the presets and features all at once. Most of us don't try to call that an album though.
Really surprising. Never heard of this band before. It's instrumental, something that wouldn't have spoken to me much when I was younger, but I find it excellent now. So much variety and interesting textural and atmospheric sounds. A deep surprise I'll probably find myself listening to again in the near future and maybe explore the band's other work. Djed is the 20min experimental, progressive wild ride that reminds me of Fear of a Blank Planet yet even better strung together. Just awesome find.
Essential Post-Rock album. Opening song Djed spans from electronic buzzing to more rhythmic grooves and driving bass. Pulling in an electric sounding key and devolving into more electronic sound it is the highlight of the album. Halfway through the song it opens into a mix of traditional open guitar and electronic sounds and a xylophone. Background, foreground or whenever you listen to it, it can be on constant repeat.
tortoise is one of the seminal bands in postrock. this is a must listen album for anyone that likes complex, yet gentle long form songs. in the vein of do make say think, explosions in the sky, godspeed you! black emperor
This album is great. Purely instrumental with a really engaging, low-key, atmospheric sound. 'Along the Banks of the River' has been my favourite so far. 4 stars, easy.
Beautiful as an instrumental album. Great as background. The first track "Djed" is 21 minute opus that goes in several different directions.
Yo La Tengo meets ambient no vocals
"Millions Now Living Will Never Die" is not only a very good album, but it also a very important album - as a genre defining record in the post rock genre. Everything that would become a staple for this style is here, specially the focus on textures and timbre in the place of common rock structures like riffs and chords. It's as if rock and roll was becoming free jazz. "Djed" is a 20 minute masterpiece that shows how well Tortoise work together as a band, crafting songs together to create minimalistic sounds, beautiful to the years. In this record, however, they still sound a little crude and it's their next record (1998's TNT) that would show what they were really capable of.
Unusual instrumentals... Can't imagine picking it up to play as an album but still was interesting background filler
Why was this even on the list. Pretty weak.
probably my favorite Tortoise album.
This is my kind of album. Really digging it.
Easy 5 stars for me. Like the "Lo Fi Hiphop" youtube channel, with a bit more experimentation and daring. I loved all the surprising twists and turns this instrumental odyssey took.
I dig it. It's very hard for me to put into words what I got out of the album but I think it's fairly representative of what this album achieves. There's just loads of good composition, arrangement, choice of instrumentation, and it all creates a really wonderful texture for my brain to get lost into. Lots of mental images, feelings, the kind of abstract things you might feel that you know would be unbelievably contrived to try to articulate. Will probably revisit this album as well as the rest of the Tortoise discography. I'm genuinely surprised I didn't discover and adore this album in high school, it would have been right up my alley. I guess this is post rock? The thing that really strikes me is the obvious krautrock influence, and I fucking love that genre of music. It's what immediately pulled me into the album. Good post rock is usually devoid of obvious, masturbatory build up and crescendos behind walls and walls of reverb and delay as a lazy attempt to create some kind of effective aesthetic and feeling of catharsis. This is a fine example of how to make stunning post rock without those cliche's. I wish I had better words to describe. There are a plethora of moments in this album that really get me into the moment and I'm in that holy trance of jam. There are a lot of unexpected left turns and stylistic choices but they don't clash at all, it never feels inconsistent. Tons of variety. I love this album actually.
Yay! Alex Talbot
ethereal, clean, coming of age, both hard and soft, fantastically 90s (cool album name too x)
Really interesting textures and ideas coming together - thought provoking instrument music, great for reading and chilling
Great, experimental, easy going, never boring.
Heel speciale instrumentale muziek. Rustig maar intrigerend.
Right up my alley
Very cool atmospheric Math Rock. Will definitely be adding this to my “background music while I work” collection.
A post-rock classic
I loved this when it first came out. This was innovative post rock and turned my head (slowly, like a tortoise) Still enjoy hearing this from start to finish. Still sounds fresh and innovative. Brilliant
Big fan of post-rock and this didn’t disappoint
Pretty chill, early indie rock/jam band feel, no vocals
This was really good. Kinda psychadelic. 4.5
Well that was refreshingly good! Still not sure what post-rock is supposed to mean, but I guess I like it.
Really interesting instrumentals!
Had some cool beats, liked the experimental nature of this album.
Meine Güte, das hatte ich ja völlig vergessen, wie konnte das denn passieren? Fühlt sich an wie eine Wiederentdeckung, und zwar vom selben Format wie die Eno-Platte. Wenn ich der 5 Punkte gegeben habe (was ich jetzt gerade nicht mehr tun würde), dann müsste ich das hier auch, weil sie mich genau am selben Nerv erwischt. Krautig, treibend, fordernd, ständig absichtlich verrätselt und natürlich super artsy. Und intellektuelle Rätsel sind ja immer soo schmeichelhaft! Hab aber trotzdem jetzt keine Lust auf volle Punktzahl (wie eben auch bei Eno nicht mehr), weil: ich bin zu erschöpft und zu urlaubsreif und wünsche mir, dass die nächste Platte entweder von Oasis ist, oder was zum richtig glücklichen Abwatschen. 3,6
Ich liebe Tortoise, bin aber diesem Album sonst eher zwiespältig gegenüber eingestellt gewesen; mag am mittlerweile besser verstandenem Monster Opener „Djed“ liegen, das etwas unfertig, abstrakt, strukturell technoid wirkt. Da wirkt einstige Schwäche plötzlich als starke Besonderheit schlechthin, folgen doch dann Stücke, die der klareren Postrock Struktur folgen, für die ich damals eine stärkere Neigung hatte. Die Balance ist vorhanden, wechseln die Tracks zwischen diesen Polen immer wieder ab und doch liegt mir das folgende Album TNT ein klein wenig mehr am Herzen. 3.8
Solid 3.5, gets a 4 because it's better than the other 3s I've rated. When it's good it's excellent, did zone out quite a lot too though
Really enjoyed this, will absolutely listen again.
I liked it. Great to listen to during work. Relaxing enough to feel good about it, interesting enough to not get bored. It was a bit weird how the first song was half of the album and stylistically somewhat different from the second half. The first half I clearly enjoyed more and would have rated it a 4.5 whereas the second half was more of a 3.5 for me.
Impressively atmospheric and immersive.
Pretty dope instrumentals here. Some went on a little too long but a lot of great bass lines and cool use of sounds. I liked it a lot but it was perfect
Really nice listening. A bit experimental at times. Made me think "what's really going on here?"
Quite a surprise of an album. Fully instrumental, I could feel the raw emotion throughout. Will definitely be a repeat listen.
Not Brian Eno, But better than expected
An album that helped establish post-rock. What is post-rock. I don't know. I thought this was krautrock at first. I listened to their other album "TNT" to get a better idea and all I heard was jazz fusion. Nevertheless, this would be a crowning krautrock album that has a general flow but always changing that kep things interesting and fun. It's one of my favorite instrumentals and something I'll play from time to time.
Good music to listen to while working.
cool. very sea and cake.
This was a nice surprise. Entirely instrumental album that was really chill and enjoyable. Nice Lofi music to study or read.
Saw them live at ATP. Great music.
Laid back, technically complex, chill.
I’m partial to a bit of post rock here and there. Mogwai being my go-to choice. In my mind Every Mogwai album sounds like it should be a soundtrack to a zombie apocalypse film like 28-days later. Tortoise dials down the soundtrack to the end of the world thing, it’s not so bleak…. But it is just as slow burning.
This was cool! Never heard of it, will listen again. Great for work and study. The songs run together a bit, but in a good way.
Great for putting on while you’re doing something else. Ambient but not dull
A really relazxing jazz vibe instumental album. I like it
I enjoyed this one - even if as background music I could engage with
Well, I have to say it's remarkable how virtually every postrock album ever (spanning decades, evidenced by the album at hand) manages to deliver this very specific experience: • oh wow what a title/bandname! Clearly master poets at work. • yes, the jams are good (approx t=40 seconds in) • wait, am I still listening to music? where am I? (approx t=somewhere between 40 seconds and 40 minutes in). • looks at the title/bandname, and laments that the music isn't as poetic (not strictly in the literal sense, but in the artistic balance sense) as the labelling attached to it. I'm a postrock fan, but maybe not for the music. I can't say I understand it, either.
Love may they live
like dropping acid while at an aquarium. it's strange, challenging, and your mind wanders, but you find yourself occasionally fascinated by the textures and colors
A perfect album for a rainy day doing nothing...Or is it?
Classic post-rock album. The amount of electronic elements really sets them apart too.
I'm so glad to find Tortoise on this list as they're not very well known, but are one of my favourite post-rock bands. The bandleader and multi-instrumentalist John McEntire has been so influential in the post-rock world lending his hand to some great groups such as the Sea and Cake, Gastr del sol, and many of Jim O'Rourke's works. The music here is complex, multi-layered and very atmospheric. I think their next album, TNT is slightly better (with one of my all time fav songs I set my face to the hillside), but Millions is also a real gem.
je m’attendais pas à ça
experimental wallpaper music. smooth textures, nice driving rhythms and interesting digital sounds and glitchy effects. very psychedelic with unusual arrangements. "glass museum" is heavy. great guitar and drums, cute bell tone. "a survey" is dark, mysterious and foreboding. the chirping insect ambience adds a sense of exploration. "the taut and the tame" sounds like stepping into an arena, ready for the boss fight. perfect accompaniment to the prior track (right down to the same guitar tones). the break and subsequent rhythm - plus unique distorted synth sounds - is great and feels like the soundtrack of a gritty street showdown. the final song, "along the banks of rivers" is the darkest song on the project. incredibly ominous, a vague mood of weary apprehension. the sound of going to hell and back.
Tycker aldrig den här typen av instrumental post-rock lyfter riktigt.
Long track. Gave me a sense of anxiety. Was merely OK because of this.
Found my new study music
Opening track is a masterpiece! 3.5/5
I found this album to be a really fascinating listen. I'd never heard of Tortoise so didn't know what to expect, but the album was completely different to my prior expectations. The completely instrumental album was really captivating to listen to, particularly the opening track - 20 minutes long, which explored so many unique sounds. A really fascinating listen.
Liked it a lot. Very different. Nice and chilled
enjoyed that, not all good but the good bits were good
I didn't love the album, but I didn't hate it. The last song, "Along the Banks of Rivers," caught my attention the most.
No lo termine pero iba bien
an interesting, melodic, instrumental group. very progressive style of rock i think. long drawn out songs with ebbs and flows of feeling. probably a 3.4/3.5 for me
Rock instrumental. Un poco psicodélico. Interesante.
Tranquilo, relajado, no aporta nada especialmente
Listened to this a few times ages ago but I could only remember the first track. It's sort of post rock but often too jazzy for me
I listened to this one without doing anything else and I really felt my emotions like rise and fall and change with the music, it was nice. The album was really varied and interesting I thought.
Nice chill vibe. Very atmospheric, good for work.
would use for like background music in yt videos.
I was a bit dismayed to see a 20 minute track, but this ended up being a quite pleasant sonicscape of noise.
Instrumental music that seems like it'd be nothing more than background music. I can't imagine sitting and listening to it intently.
Instrumental, good background music. Can't say that I would ever just listen to it without being background music.
Enjoyed but won't seek it out. I'll probably forget about it.
Ambient background music, not my cup of tea
Cool ambient, somewhat weird
Instrumental. A veces guay, a veces parece que se ha roto el CD.
Lot's of really cool noises and ambient soundscapes, as well as satisfying glitchy drums - for me, there's a couple too many recycled ideas and lulls in interest to be a great post-rock album, something that would stand toe-to-toe with the likes of GY!BE. I'd give it 3.5 if I could
Sounded decent, but i barely even noticed when it finished.
I'd give it a 3, I like post rock but this had very little emotion. GYBE, Boards of Canada and especially Explosions in the Sky have all done this project to better effect. The 20 minute suite first song is good and the last song was pretty good with the western influence but generally it fell flat. I would listen to it again at night on headphones to see if I maybe was just in.the wrong headspace.
Maybe this was ground breaking at the time, but now it sounds like every "Alpha Wave Music to Relax and Study" video on youtube. Would put it on in the background and forget about it but there's nothing special about it. Giving it an extra star for any historical relevance it might have.
Some nice post rock, wasn't really in the mood for it at the time but will maybe give another go. Probably very influential etc etc
I liked it. It's good background music for when I am working. Funny that the first track is 20mins and the rest somewhat normal length.
This was fine, it suffers ,like some classical music, in that even if I wanted to listen to djed again, it's too long and too much of a commitment to put it on a playlist or something. As background music it's generally alright though
Very clever. Interesting mix of sounds and genres. Fave songs: Glass Museum, Dear Grandma and Grandpa, Along the Banks of Rivers
I liked some of the build and crescendos in this. Some really nice movie score-like portions of the album. I heard Godspeed You, Tool, Portishead, Yo La Tango. Interesting that they threaded in vibraphone. Do I need lyrics for a 4, maybe.
Plenty of variation, solid chill tunes.
Post rock? Is that what this is? It's got some interesting music on it. Some of which grabs my attention, some of which keeps me un interested but none of it offends me. I actually like listening to this album especially late at night. 3.5 stars
Interesting 90s soundtrack-for-no-movie merging EDM with psych and chillout lounge.
not terrible - very different
12/14/21 - Wonderful, slinky, highly unobtrusive
Pink Floyd, The Glow Pt. 2, Joy Division; incredible for what it is (instrumental post-rock) but not my favorite genre
very experimental electronic and some instrumentals, interesting
Very similar to Can's Future Days. This is something to leave on in the background, nothing more.
Nice and mellow and I generally like instrumental music. This skates dangerously close to elevator music territory and quickly fades into the background.
Eccentric and unusual... thought it never veers too far into unconventional to be too challenging to appreciate. An interesting listen.
Ingredients: A bit of this.. Hmm. A bit of that too! 3/5.
I'd heard of Tortoise before, but hadn't listened to their albums. I had this one on in the background, and didn't pay much attention to it. Good interesting sounds, nothing that niggled me. Pleasant enough, but no idea when one track ended and the next started.
It's like these guys have studied how to be the most background of bands.
I played it while I was working yesterday. It was part of the background… background music (?) I am sure I am doing this wrong
Not bad but my taste
63. Tíunda tugar Indiejazzrokk. Fyrsta lagið er skemmtilegt og rosalega langt. Hin eru ágæt. Fínt, en ekkert brjálæðislega eftirminnilegt.
Strange, unusual and occasionally unsettling.
I love post-rock. This was a lovely listen.
Though all parts of it were interesting a 21 minute fully instrumental intro track that had at least 5 different mood swings is not the right way to start an album. After that I was expecting lyrics, but then I read about the genre of Post-Rock. I am usually against instrumental albums because they lack that extra flavor that lyrics add. That being said I do quite enjoy the album because past the lack of vocals I enjoy the musical style. "Glass Museum" and "A Survey" were the top tracks for me. And if "Djed" had been split up into multiple songs a few of them would have fit on there too.
"Thank you for calling, please wait while we connect your call" [this album starts playing] It's fine, chill, kind of boring at times. I don't have a problem with long songs, but Djed doesn't need to be 21 minutes long when all the cool things happen in the last 8 or so minutes (I really liked that glitchy part). "Dear Grandma and Grandpa" was my favorite song on the album because it reminds me of some ambiance you would hear in an indie horror game - really cool with the weird German(?) voices in the background (obscure reference, but it reminds me of the song "Numbers" from the OMORI soundtrack, which also contains ominous German voices).
Good background music
It reminded me of elevator music with a little extra flair added in. It was good background music but not something that needed active listening.
Un dels milestones de l'anomenat postrock, per una de les bandes clau del génere. Hauria de donar origen en els anys posteriors a tot un grapat de propostes semblants, encapçalades comercialment per Mogwai. Un disc interessant i intel.ligent
This was very chill vibes and fantastic as background music at work which was what I was using it for.
I did something different with this one – I read the review before listening, which wasn’t a good idea, because I became annoyed that someone came up with a genre name as uninspiring as “post-rock”. At least “post-punk” replaced a far worse name, ‘New Wave”, and punk, for the most part, had actually ended, with the exception of those highly irritating American hardcore bands. Anyway, the first listen was drowned out by my sneering, but I became more interested the second time around. I liked the textures and their courage in making a 100% instrumental LP. I didn’t turn off Spotify when it offered up more Tortoise tracks. My co-judge says it’s nice background music.
It would be so easy to say "post rock's not my genre", give it a 1 and move on but I sense that if I listened to this more I might find something pretty cool going on here. On the other hand, I might find that it's a complete snoozefest. I'll listen to this again sometime and, who knows, I might even end up forming a point of view. Until then, 3 --
A very good instrumental if your into soundscapes
Ok-ish background music
first track was 20 minutes long sir i have adhd
Feel like once you’ve heard one art rock band you’ve heard them all. Do we really need tortoise when we have mogwai?
Rock instrumental/ambiental/psicodélico. Rallante
Caught me in the right mood for this sorta thing this morning. Hugely Hipster, layered indie instrumental. Decent without being something I'd choose to listen to. At points through this i had to check my speakers weren't broken though so loses a point for that. 2/5
Track 1 ‘Djed’ sounds like and is spelt like it was written by an actual tortoise. Musically it’s fine but rest of this album is so blah! Two shitty stars from me. Millions now will never die - that is the exact opposite to my belief system so not only do I not like the music but i can tell me and the band will have fundamental disagreements in our individual philosophies. I did enjoy one track “along the banks of rivers”
OK, this is weird, 6 songs, but the first track is 20 minutes long. Plus, I've never heard of this, not even sure what the genre is.
Kept waiting for something to happen. Took like 4 songs to do so. I just felt like the album took way too long to do what they were trying to do.
Zzzzzzzzz snooze town
Ugh. Rhythmic noise for the sake of making noise. Just doesn't serve any purpose or have any emotion. The second half of "Glass Museum" was adequate as a song. That, and the fact that it serves as passable background noise, salvages a 2.
interesting vibes but no lyrics which is a no for me. 2/5
This really didn’t make me feel anything other than bored. It was enjoyable at times, but lost itself trying to find some sort of experimental sound. Not my cup of tea.
Stop making 20 minute songs! No one has time for this! The whole thing is artful but not for me.
really boring, nothing speciall, only to have in the background
It's alright. Seems all instrumental thus far. 2of5
Sounds a little like jazz Sounds strange with a mix of scifi. 2.5/5, it is hard to stay focused listening to this
New one. Seems to be purely instrumental, not really my jam. After listen to it for a while I can safely say: I don't like this record.
meh, not really my jam as far as post rock goes, call me when we get to Mogwai
It's definitely interesting
The first track is 20 minutes of not a whole lot of anything but green museum was very good.
Meh. Some interesting bits, some boring bits, not too much to say. Maybe I didn't give it enough of a listen, was pretty distracted.
TUBULAR BELLS! Jk. This was a the score to a 45 minute casual chase scene, on foot, in London, and no one is running. Somewhere between film noir, Good Times, and Mr Bean. Someone gave the Pink Panther a synthesizer. C+
ambient, jazz, rock
a bit to avante garde to be called just ambient music 2.5
2/5 I don't recall any of these songs. And I heard this album 3 times.
They saw a vision and they made that vision happen
Extremely underwhelmed by this.. Shame
Apparently this is 'post-rock'. It's is one for the musos I think. The intricacies of what it is doing musically goes over my head somewhat. A pleasant enough instrumental album though. 2.5/5.
don't hate it but does nothing for me
First Listen. Really interesting. Need to hear more of this.
It's ambient and okay, but not interesting.
Chill if it was a rainy day, but it wasn’t a rainy day
Full disclosure: if I had to pick one genre to consign to the garbage bin of history, it would be post-rock. This pompous snoozefest of a genre is a pet hate of mine. I'm already familiar with this Tortoise album and it's better than most of the genre that would come after. There are some strong elements of kosmische/kraut, minimalism, and ambient - all genres I love. But I'd much sooner listen to the originals, rather than have it all filtered through slow-motion indie rock. Having said that, the opening 20-minute track is actually very enjoyable. The five shorter tracks don't really do anything interesting. 2.5*
I'm not sure how this band or album is important or influential.
A laid back and moody indie rock sound. The tracks are instrumental soundscapes rather than songs… gets boring after a while
Post rock. needs more rock and less post, perhaps? I cannot remember a damn thing that happened on this record. Not as clever-clogs as prog, some nice playing and I like the approach to sound, but found it aimless wallpaper. (Full disclosure: I am in a foul mood today, and not prepared to enjoy anything.)
Kind of boring, decent background music.
Verrrry chill music. A little too chill for me. I'm sure it is a nice relaxing album when you're in the mood for something like that.
I think I'm just not a post-rock guy.
Dismal tedious prog rock jazz whatever music for chinscratchers
weird stuff, just listened for 5 mins
No sé qué decir.
never heard of them before now - for good reason
Background noise with no oomph
Not my thing at all
Not a fan.
*weird noises *probably made around the time before djs so experimenting with new tech and sounds
It sounds like muzak. I felt I was standing in a lift, waiting to reach my floor. I can find no redeeming features in this album. It is very bland.
Guess I’m not that familiar with “post rock” but what the fuck was that?
Instrumentals are cool but not my style of music to listen to for fun.
I get it. I get it. I get it. You make experimental music, someone has to listen to it. Dear Grandma and Grandpa seems indulgent. I wonder if they broke out the bubly when they listened to it. Djed was OK for some parts, not OK for the most part. I've spent less time doing my taxes than the length of this song. How/where do you listen to this song? What's a situation where you want time to go on and on? The last 30 seconds of an NBA game? Yeah, it's like the last 800 hours of an NBA game, then. It should be broken down into 16 different songs because I don't know that any parts related to each other. Finally, this album, it seems, will never die.
This is absolute torture.
This is not something anyone really needs to listen to.
Nothing like starting an album off with a 20 minute long song. This was not for me...seemed like a glorified jam session for most songs
Other than seeing the length of track one I have no idea here hope I enjoy it. The album starts with the song Djed it’s a few minutes short of being half of the entire album ( 21 minutes) it’s very off putting as it’s this really slow building instrumental which kinda lives and breathes throughout. Unlike other long songs I’ve herd on this it doesn’t have any mind blowing stand out moments,actually, the only way I would recommend it is maybe for like study being a really long instrumental. That’s still kinda what I think but then there is the second ten minutes it sounds much, much more interesting and is more a distinct track of it’s own , it’s a harder listen and not really “ study music” like the first half but it’s just better y know; then the third part around 14 minutes in is even harder to listen too stranger and so much more distinctive, I still don’t really like the track but I respect it. There are some other little bits at the end but not much to note. Next is glass museum it’s got a really interesting sound to it the song is mainly this sorta cool instrumental but breaks off intro distinct sections from time to time I still don’t really like instrumental tracks though. Now is the song A survey it’s much shorter but so dull in an album that I don’t really like already. Then it’s the taut and the tame which has this really cool tapping noise in the background kinda like a horse galloping to me. Then it goes in order for normal drums and electronic sounds and just what a way to ruin a cool song. Dear grandma and grandpa is very short for this album it’s quite cool but nothing to change my thoughts on the album. The album end’s with along the banks of rivers it’s well boring to be blunt. The term post rock sounds so cool but when you know what it is it’s so so dull and I wouldn’t even get why anyone would want to make such generally boring music. It’s worse than my one 1/5 so far so I’ll have to give it that.
What it sounded like to get a massage in 1996 without a happy ending.