Release Date: Jul 21, 2009
Record label: Equal Vision
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Alternative
Portugal. The Man’s fourth album, The Satanic Satanist, is ? perfect for summer: appealingly warm, even as they mine thematic turf in their hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. ?Combining Motown falsettos and the best of late-’60s groove rock with spacey loops and hipster-art-collective ?sing-alongs, they deliver a sound that’s friendly and familiar without being derivative; it’s a sort of retrofitted make-out van on a club crawl.
Portugal.The Man, the intriguingly named band from Alaska, has been nothing short of prolific over the course of their short four-year career, releasing four full-length albums and four EPs like they’ve been hit with a severely awesome case of musical diarrhea. I mean that in the most flattering way possible. It’s not easy to make inroads into the continental American music scene without talent and abundant output to ensure the spreading of the word.
When you name your band Portugal. The Man (punctuation purposeful), you relegate any music you release under such a moniker to "conceptual" status by default. Whether a self-fulfilling prophecy or the product of title-driven priming, then, this Portland by way of Alaska band has now released four albums and four EPs of ambitious yet friendly, pristine and proggish indie pop since 2006.