Portugal, The Man Warner/Atlantic www.warnermusic.com.au
The oddly named group from Portland in the US state of Oregon, Portugal, The Man had a surprising three-year gap between 2013’s Evil Friends and new album Woodstock. The title apparently came about when lead singer John Gourley discovered his father’s ticket stub from the legendary 1969 festival. While the music here is a far cry from that event, Gourley wanted to capture the spirit of a bygone era. Hence, the opening track ‘Number One’ samples Richie Haven’s ‘Freedom’, a song that opened the festival 48 years ago. The upbeat mindset continues on the radio-friendly ‘Feel It Still’. Even better is ‘Live In The Moment’, a song that will have you pressing the repeat button, while the more sedate ‘Mr Lonely’ features a guest appearance from hip hop artist Fatlip. An album for the good times.