Genre : Post-rock, Experimental, Indie-rock, with Vocal
01 Line Drive
03 Stuart Drives A Comfortable Car
04 Wasted Days
PHOENIX AND THE TURTLE is known for taking its listeners on a musical journey. The fusion of instrumental rock and classical strings, while incorporating sparse vocals, lends to the uniqueness of this southern California quartet’s sound. Phoenix and the Turtle formed in 2003 as a collaboration for a friend’s funeral.
Trying to describe Phoenix and the Turtle’s style of music is like trying to explain to a sightless person all the brilliant colors that are found in a Jackson Pollock painting. The band’s music incorporates elements of classical, rock, experimental, progressive and jazz. Even mentioning all of those different styles I’m sure that I missed one or two more that could be also added to the list.
While most music uses its vocal parts to put forth a message Phoenix and the Turtle’s music chooses to let the instruments do the talking and accent them with sparse actual vocal parts.
The band blends a mixture of styles, instruments, and structures to create their sound. Taking cues from bands such as The Album Leaf, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the band has intensely powerful instrumentation. Furthermore, mixing in carefully placed male and female vocals (Blonde Redhead, Sonic Youth) gives the band a unique edge over other instrumental bands.
For those of you, like me, who are curious about the band’s unusual name, “Phoenix and the Turtle" is an obscure work (allegorical poem) by William Shakespeare about the death of ideal love.
The 2004 release of their first album, “Sundays are a Good Day for Relaxing,” helped complement their astonishing live performances. After expanding to a greater audience, Phoenix and the Turtle released their second full-length, “Asleep in America.” The band then got signed to Fluttery Records in 2009 and "Swallow Up The Moon" is their label debut.