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Wednesday, Aug 16 2017 | 08:45
Image: 1611390 “Drawing from free jazz, hard bop, funk, dub and post-rock, without resulting in
some featureless muddle or lifeless ‘fusion’, the group’s aesthethic simultaneously
recalls different aspects of early 70s musical experimentation: The Art Ensemble
of Chicago, Bitches Brew/On the Corner-era Miles Davis, and vintage King Tubby.
Isotope 217 don’t merely assemble these diverse elements in one place, but rather
explore the common ground that already underlies them: a shared emphasis on
texture, timbre, space, and groove” - The Wire
“On Isotope 217’s impressive debut Mazurek works wonders alongside Sara P.
Smith’s elastic, earthy trombone, adding particularly Cherry-like phrase fragments
on “Beneath the Undertow” and laying slow tones over busy rhythms. Tortoise
percussionists Dan Bitney and John Herndon weave together acoustic and
synthetic rhythms while bassist Matt Lux holds steady. Parker is rarely in the
spotlight, but his presence is huge-he lurks in the background, subtly coloring
the proceedings, sneaking in a deadly wah-wah groove on “Phonometrics”, the
hardest-funkin’ cut” - Chicago Reader
“Dense, hypnotic grooves clash with improvisation to create something
methodical, yet thoroughly organic” - CMJ

1. Kryptonite Smokes
the Red Line
2. Beneath the Undertow
3. La Jeteé
4. Phonometrics
5. Prince Namor
6. Audio Boxing

Isotope 217 is made up of Dan Bitney, John Herndon,
and Jeff Parker from Tortoise along with Rob Mazurek
(Chicago Underground, Exploding Star Orchestra),
and Matt Lux (Iron & Wine)
In celebration of Thrill Jockey’s 25th anniversary and
the album’s 20th anniversary the band’s 1997 debut is
re-issued on vinyl for the frst time. The LP is pressed
on virgin vinyl and packaged with a download coupon
The Unstable Molecule is a best seller from Thrill
Jockey’s early days and is fnally back on vinyl for a
whole new generation to experience Available from 22.09.2017
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