Portugal. The Man, The Action Painters

portugal the manThe Satanic Satanist by Portugal. The Man is one of the better albums I’ve picked up in a while.  I hadn’t heard of these Alaskans until they were featured on The Needle Drop (a consistently good indie rock blog by the way).  Once hearing them I ran to pick up the album and I’m glad I did.  They have a lush, indie-folk approach that other bands often disappoint me with by getting too over-orchestrated.  But these guys toe the line well enough that the great songs underneath can clearly shine. 

You can hear most of the album on their MySpace page.  Starting off, “People Say” is the rootsiest song of the bunch, while “The Home” touches on Super Furry Animals indie-prog-funk, with soulful vocals.  And to keep it tied to an obvious influence, “Let You Down” is reminiscent of John Lennon’s “Mind Games”.  Bottom line, there isn’t a bad track on the album.

If you prefer a stripped down approach, there’s also a companion digital download called The Majestic Majesty (okay, there are Rolling Stones influences present too!).  It’s a track for track version of The Satanic Satanist, but all acoustic.  Here’s an idea of what that may sound like.

Next up, The Action Painters.

“Sooner or Later” appears to be the ‘hit’ from their debut CD Chubby Dancer (stream it here), which shows this band to be a little more pop oriented than some of their Brooklyn counterparts that have gained a lot of recent attention.  Although they do remind me of another Brooklyn band I raved about in one of my first djeddieo blogs, Love as Laughter.  They aren’t reinventing the wheel, just having fun spinning it.  They are currently in the studio recording a full length follow up which I’ll be on the lookout for.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: