Brian Eno

Genre-Defying Tortoise At The Ballroom At The Outer Space

Genre-Defying Tortoise At The Ballroom At The Outer Space

It's probably best not to call the Chicago quintet Tortoise "post-rock." But, then again, waging war against genre designations is perhaps as hopeless as adhering slavishly to them.

Music-genre terminology is often unfortunate. Anyone who got labeled as "freak folk" back in 2004 generally wasn't too into the designation. And the sub-niche known as "chillwave" probably induces groans more than it spreads clarity. Same with "post-rock," a term that got used to describe complex instrumental music often played on guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, but drawing from some of the compositional techniques and aesthetics of jazz, dub, classical...

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