Gently Cupping the Chin of the Ape [Tour Single]

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As Tortoise hit the road to support their 2001 effort, Standards, they released a nifty enhanced single to accompany the tour. Consisting of two outtakes from the aforementioned Standards album and three CD-ROM video tracks, Gently Cupping the Chin of the Ape is something that any die-hard Tortoise fan and collector will appreciate. "Waihopai and "Peering" are both wandering electronic infused simple melody sketches with very much the feel of Standards without the sense of completeness that most of that album contained. They're still interesting, but the real draw here are the video tracks. Seneca (track one from Standards) is an intriguing MTV style video with interesting tech type imagery of scientists in lab coats pushing strange buttons on tape machines and macro glimpses of machinery at work. The second video included is a cut and paste montage from their 1998 tour in Australia and Japan while the third is rehearsal footage from 2001 in much the same style as the live material. While not cohesive, its still quite fun to watch and provides an interesting glimpse of the band at work.

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