A couple months ago we shared the first single off of Portugal. the Man's forthcoming album Woodstock, titled "Noise Pollution". It's groundbreaking for me as the John Gourley and his band happened to be my favorite of all time, and the last release of Evil Friends was way back in 2013.
Today we have the next single titled "Feel it Still" along with another video accompaniment, of which is a brilliant display of the band's unique, artistic style. The visual acts as an interactive toolkit for social injustice, featuring a cameo by Northwest rapper The Last Artful, Dodgr. If you think you have them figured out, you're wrong.
On a trip home to Alaska, John Gourley had a breakthrough. His father asked, “What’s taking so long to finish the album? Isn’t that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out?” Like fathers and unlicensed therapists tend to do, John’s dad cut him deep. The whole thing started John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and, more importantly, about how to get off of it. The band went back to the studio—working with John Hill (In The Mountain In The Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool), and longtime collaborator Casey Bates. Under this new mentality, Woodstock was born.
Woodstock is an album that—with optimism and heart—points out flaws in society. Not to just shed light, but to urge others to something about it. And I'm excited.
Check out the video for "Feel it Still" above.