Put on almost any Rolling Stones record and it is instantly recognizable as the Rolling Stones. There is no mistaking the gritty sound and straight-up rock 'n' roll riffs. Now, put on a Portugal. The Man album. It, too, is instantly recognizable by the complex layers and textures in each song, the monumental send-ups and whispered hushes surrounding John Gourley's falsetto voice and distinctive cadence.
But while one Stones album sounds a lot like any other, no two Portugal. The Man albums sound alike. For example, In the Mountain in the Cloud expanded on The Satanic Satanist with rich orchestration balancing raw, stripped-down moments and a couple of glam-ish power-pop masterpieces. The upcoming Danger Mouse-produced Evil Friends goes even further.
After the jump: A track-by-track teaser of Evil Friends, out June 4. Portugal. The Man plays April 17 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.More »