Alaskan band Portugal. The Man answers the titular problem of their newest EP by allowing their hypnotic drum machine-led indie-pop to run in concentric circles. That is until you're rudely awakened along the way by the group's bawdy anthem “Sapphire Magic” and their funky workout, “Gold Magic.” But in between these two minor freak-outs, the group mines the sort of indie bedtime jazz that Bedhead might have made had they employed three samplers or synthesizers, instead of three guitars. Of note: the group has packaged the whole shebang into one song (the title track) or nine individual tracks.
By Andrew Parks on 04.22.14 in News
Portugal. The Man have taken Earth Day into a granola-free zone with their new strictly limited single "Sumatran Tiger." Described as "the first song meant to go extinct unless it's reproduced," the track was pressed ont...
By Barry Walters on 06.04.13 in Reviews
Portugal. The Man seemingly came out of nowhere — well, Portland, actually, by way of Wasilla, Alaska — with a potent sound that evokes everyone while following no one. Frontman John Gourley and bassist Zachary Carothers...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.
By Barry Walters on 08.01.11 in Reviews
"You're so American," sneers Portugal. The Man guitarist and songwriter John Baldwin Gourley, a dude who looks a Fleet Foxes roadie but sings in a tenor/falsetto that's steeped in the glitter of a thousand glam rock god...