If you are already a fan of Alaskan band Portugal. The Man, skip to the next paragraph. If not, it’s your duty to understand that they are one of the best rock bands in America, with a strong following to go with a stronger discography. Yes, there is a period in the middle of their band name, and yes, they are actually from the great north. They are extremely prolific, and have released a full length album every year since 2006, along with five EPs in that same time span. If you’re counting, that’s 11 releases, with another coming this July.
The new album is titled In The Mountain, In The Cloud, and the first signs of life off of it come in the form of the “Sleep Forever” video. The vid is an epic 13-minute journey through the wilderness, with multiple new P.TM songs as a soundtrack. Of course, the most prominently featured tune is “Sleep Forever”, a catchy ballad with drifting guitars and trademark falsetto vocals.
The video itself is an odd sort of northern odyssey. Singer John Baldwin Gourley takes his sled dogs into the wilderness, only to wake up and realize they have gone missing during the night. A quick search for the canines results in an unfortunate rifle misfire, and the video closes with Gourley’s dead body singing the lyrics while one of his dogs eats his flesh. If you’re the queasy type, I won’t think any less of you for just listening to the song while surfing the web.
In The Mountain, In The Cloud will be available July 19. Learn more about Portugal. The Man here.