Beacons of Ancestorship is Tortoise’s sixth full-length album, and the Chicago quintets’ first release of new material in five years, since 2004’s It’s All Around You. As usual, the post-rockers recorded at drummer John McEntire’s Soma. Beacons runs the gamut from dirty techno, atonal punk, bricolage experiments, lo-fi dub, processed synths, and dank spaghetti western tracks. For those taking a trip to the record store, the CD version is presented in a four-panel mini-LP style jacket and the LP is pressed on HQ 180-gram virgin vinyl with an old-style top-on gatefold jacket and MP3 download coupon. Beacons is also accompanied by a series of limited-edition 5-inch records featuring new tracks.
~ Kyle Lemmon