Ever wanted to see John Gourley in a tree? How about doing push ups in the middle of a river? Now's your shot with Portugal. the Man's new song and video, "Noise Pollution".
Portugal is my favorite band of all time, and there's no doubt this track differs from their jam band, traditional rock style. "Noise Pollution" is ramped up, synthesized, and a bit more poppy. However, I am interested in the direction the band has for their new project (if and when we see it). Directed by Michael Ragen, the video is in no particular setting, with Gourley in a tree, in a river, in a fire, and on top of a car. It's extremely visual, but plays to what seems to be the "mess" Portugal is conveying in the track.
The video description reads, "It's been a rough month y'all... Not to be dramatic and shit, 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 bullshit. 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."
We don't hear much of this attitude from the band, but I hope it fuels their upcoming releases in 2017.