Title - 'The Satanic Satanist' (Equal Vision Records)
Artist - Portugal. The Man
Portugal. the Man has been cranking out albums like nobody's business, this being their fourth in four years. However, all have been tremendous, and have showcased their uncanny knack for progressing their sound and keeping us, the captive audience, on our toes.
So trust me when I say simply this: This release is simply amazing!
Throughout the album lead singer John Baldwin Gourley’s vocals shine - in heights and depths - fueling the band onwards and upwards to create some lush, musical works, truly. Using keyboards, synths and organs have given the songs a vibrant sound, a new edge, and yet there's also something classic that lingers throughout.
The concept is terrific, and you can sense the change in mood all the way through the album. If you love catchy, original music, give this a spin. If you hate catchy, original music, still try it. These guys are sensational, and they deserve to get way more attention. Definitely album of the year thus far ... for me, of course!