Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man has a talent for making music that is not only meaningful, but just plain beautiful. Originating as a high school side project in Alaska, this indie rock band has climbed their way to the forefront of indie music in less than a decade.
Portugal. The Man combines psychedelic rock with synth and smooth vocals to create an unusually calming, yet profound listening experience. Bass lines and guitar rifts that will leave you quiet in appreciation are just the beginning of Portugal’s many musical proficiencies. They also skillfully include talented brass and string musicians on top of well placed electronic distortions, a true motley crew of genres and feelings all in one band.
If Portugal’s instrumentals don’t grab your attention, their lyrics surely will. In fact, good luck finding a Portugal album that does not cry out against corruption and bring attention to social unrest. Their latest album, Evil Friends, is a perfect example of this, as it demands each listener to reflect on their true desires and contributions to the populous. Earlier albums, In the Mountain, In the Cloud and American Ghetto offer similar critiques of the consumerist American culture while begging the question of what being human really means.
What truly sets Portugal apart from other musical champions of justice is their ability to distinguish the downfalls of society from the peace and love that people share on a daily basis. Essentially, they always bring the good with the bad and vice versa.
As Portugal. The Man moves forward with their career and releases new music, their growth as people and as a unit is evident. For this reason, I would expect nothing less than wonderful surprises from the group in the next few years.