Live, the band confuses and delights even more as the octopi trade off on at least a dozen instruments, often midsong. A typical number might begin with noodling keyboards, drum machine and percussion and end with live drums, two guitars and theremin, with three people having played bass along the way. It may not qualify as performance art, but watching the band members scramble to get to their instruments in time without falling out of sync becomes as much a part of the experience as the music coming from the stage. Sort of krautrock, sort of math rock and sort of futuristic electropop, the Octopus Project is tailor-made for Tortoise fans with really short attention spans.
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