I was first drawn into Portugal the Man due to their name. I quickly however became a fan of them due to their clear indie sound, solid music and pure rock voice ofJohn Gourley. Their music style seems to be progressing every year with the release of new material. After their debut Waiter: You Vultures! in 2006 and my favorite follow-up in 2007 Church Mouth, last year’s 3rd album Censored Colors was a bit more subtle but better produced (reaching my Top 100 list). Keeping consistent, they are now releasing their 4th album on July 21st on Equal Vision label titled The Satanic Satanist.
So how much have Portugal changed on this 4th consecutive outtake? To me, they made the final leap into making it big ; it’s now or never I guess. Their sound once again progressed and is much lighter than on Church Mouth but with more essence. They have shifted into a more pop/folk territory, within reason of course. Similarities to Yeasayer may be made at some points on the record but in general the album retains the rock kick we’ve been accustomed by Portugal. I’ve given the album numerous spins and I like it more and more each time. Everything seems to come together this time and it seems Portugal finally found the right chemistry (that was evident in all their material but always lacked the extra punch for making them big).All that’s missing now is to catch them on stage!