Tortoise

Remixed

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Picking up where Rhythms, Resolutions and Clusters: Remixed and Rare left off, the release of Tortoise's Remixed is a reworking of material from Millions Now Living Will Never Die. Remixed is quite an eclectic compilation, featuring the work of Jim O'Rourke, Oval's Markus Popp, Bundy K. Brown, and others. The album also features Tortoise member-to-be Jeff Parker, as well as a Tortoise remix of Yo La Tengo's "Autumn Sweater." Some of the mixes stick to the original song forms, but the most successful ones depart from the preordained structure. O'Rourke's "Reference Resistance Gate" is a brilliant interpretation, the best of the album. "Taut and Tame," remixed by Wagon Christ's Luke Vibert, results in jungle-Tortoise. "Wait," which is not a remix but a new song, is a formidable effort and reflects the a marked growth from Millions. This version of "Autumn Sweater" does justice to the already interesting tune through Tortoise's tinkering. This album is well worth the O'Rourke remix alone, but contains other standouts. It presents a fresh outlook on much of the material composed for Millions.

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