The Covalent Bond

This site is dedicated to the sharing of ideas in the field of music, literature, and whatever else strikes my fancy. To play the music, you must have Rhapsody. I am just getting started. There will be more to come. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein

Monday, February 06, 2006

Song of the Day - February 6, 2006

Portugal,The Man is an unusual name for this quintet currently based out of Portland, Oregon. Originally the majority of the band was from Alaska, a state I hope I can get back to visit again. The band was basically formed from ex-members of Anatomy of a Ghost. The roots and meaning of their name are not clear, but let their music speak for itself. Their debut effort Waiter: You Vultures was released last month and shows strong influences from the 70's like Elton John, with their use of piano alternating with more intense rock moments. The song "Chicago" best exemplifies this trait by starting out with a dissonant Gang of Four influenced beat, then 70's era vocal harmonies float over the lead vocals, which are intense and raw; out of nowhere a quiet piano passage is inserted into the song and then we are back to the chaos. The song eventually ends in a quiet hush. Click here to listen.


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