Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man’s come a long way since the days when they used to hang around Seattle with Gatsbys American Dream. A year ago, just after putting out their fifth LP, the bombastic American Ghetto, the Portland-by-way-of-Wasilla quartet signed a major label deal with Atlantic Records, who will release the band’s newest full-length next month. From the sounds of it, Portugal’s new tunes have been tamed down a bit. John Gourley’s voice wails as ever before, but the graceful lead single “So American” is gently sloping and harmonic; “You Carried Us (Share With Me The Sun)” is a ghostly mid-tempo number; the haunting “Sleep Forever” softly swells with cello crescendos and choral background vocals. There’s much more subtlety at work here than the band’s past work. Call it a maturing point. With Telekinesis, Brainstorm. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., April 30, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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