The past couple of months have been rough. They have been rough for everyone, no matter what side of the fence you are on. Metaphorically speaking, who knows what that “fence” looks like anymore, or where it even begins or ends, and I think Portugal. the Man feels the same way. After having been quiet for some time now, the Alaska indie rock group just offered their take on what has been a messy few months for everyone, in the form of a new single appropriately titled, “Noise Pollution”. The music video accompanying this track perfectly displays the anger, frustration, and confusion that Portugal, the Man derived inspiration from.
They also provided their own insight into the song and its accompanying music video with this description:
“It’s been a rough month y’all… Not to be dramatic and sh*t, 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 bullsh*t. 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.”
There is usually a silver lining to be found amid any unpleasant situation, and in this politically turbulent climate we find ourselves in, that silver lining would be new music. Artists thrive upon inspiration, something that can be derived from the best of times, but is especially true during the not so… “best of times”. And, thanks to the latter, we have new music from Portugal. the Man.
2017 is already been a good year to be on the lookout for new music releases, and it is ever more so true now. It will be interesting to see how Portugal. the Man uses this new found inspiration to fuel their next album.