Portugal. The Man, It's Complicated Being A Wizard

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

It’s Complicated Being A Wizard

Portugal. The Man

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.