Ahead of their new album, titled “Gloomin + Doomin,” Portugal. The Man shared a new track with the world, entitled “Noise Pollution.”
Perhaps in response to the election, Portugal. The Man released this statement with the video:
It’s been a rough month y’all.
Not to be dramatic and shit, but there’s a flood of noise right now that feels like it might drown us all. And it’s harder and harder to tell what’s fact, what’s opinion, and what’s just straight up bullshit.
We’re not able to make sense of it, much less tell you how to make sense of it. Thank God there’s music for that. We’ve been working on a new record with your boy Michael Diamond for awhile, but we made a quick stop in Alaska with filmmaker Michael Ragen to shoot this video. Seemed like the right time to show it to you.
We’re in this together.
Some may argue that Portugal. The Man is band, and should remain politically neutral. Some will inevitably refute that claim, suggesting that the personal (art) and the political are inextricably tangled.
However, political statements aren’t really new territory for Portugal. With the release of 2011’s “In The Mountain In The Clouds,” P.TM’s “So American” was a stadium-sized modern-day Vietnam protest anthem. Some of the lyrics are as follows:
You are the one they call Jesus Christ.
Who didn’t know no rock and roll.
Just a mission made of guns that they give boys in Vietnam […]
Their newest track “Noise Pollution”, is below:
“Noise Pollution” (features Zoe Manville (lead vocalist John Gourley’s girlfriend) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (the actress from 10 Cloverfield Lane)). This track seems like a direct offshoot of working with Danger Mouse on 2013’s “Evil Friends” LP – it’s got tremendous pop quality and sounds sort of similar to the drug-induced “Purple Yellow Red & Blue” track.
However, this sounds more like a John Gourley solo track of sorts. It doesn’t sound completely like Portugal. The Man, with their swelling instrumentation of the past or their carefully constructed crescendos. Instead, there’s a lot of overly-edgy weed imagery here. We’ll see how this fits in the “Gloomin + Doomin” tracklist, and maybe then we’ll have a better idea of how this new sound plays out.
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