Portugal the Man shares ‘Summer of Luv’

Track features Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Portugal. The Man shares “Summer of Luv” featuring Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The song’s animated companion visual – featuring Tank Dog and directed by Andrew Ralph, also arrives.

“When we originally sat down to write ‘Summer of Luv’, we intended to make this heavy song with a big riff but the vocals came out chill because I was still recovering from my jaw problems, we realized it sat better in this space. The song turned out totally different than we intended,” the band shares.

“Summer of Luv” is the fourth offering from the band’s long-awaited new album, Chris Black Changed My Life, produced by Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce, Harry Styles, SZA, Mark Ronson), due out June 23rd.

“As we were working on the song, it just felt like it needed another voice, Ruban from Unknown Mortal Orchestra also lives in Portland and is one of our favorite artists, he just fit perfectly in,” they add.

The band made their triumphant return in early March with the infectious first single, “Dummy,” which has spent its eighth week in the top 10 at alternative radio. The track arrived with an official music video directed by Noel Paul and starred the band’s new, honorary member, Tank Dog. Created by Wes Hubbard (Wooden Cyclops) and John Gourley, Tank Dog is PTM’s newest sidekick.

Following the release of “Dummy,” the band shared “Champ,” the Jeff Bhasker produced song which incorporated a re-imagining of legendary Grammy Award-winning musician Edgar Winter’s 1971 hit, “Dying to Live” and “Thunderdome [W.T.A.]” with Black Thought & Natalia Lafourcade.

Chris Black Changed My Life is the band’s first full length album since the release of their Platinum-certified, 2017 album, Woodstock. The album’s opening song, “Heavy Games II” featuring Jeff Bhasker, teased the forthcoming album with a companion visual featuring and produced by Bhasker. The album is dedicated to the band’s late friend and honorary band member, Chris Black.

The band teamed up with collaborators Paul Williams (John Lennon, David Bowie, Mac Miller), Sean Leon, Asa Taccone, Black Thought, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce, Harry Styles, SZA, Mark Ronson) and Natalia Lafourcade on the highly anticipated album.

The Portland-based rockers will follow the release of the album with very few headline shows for 2023. Featuring a career spanning set, each show will take place at an iconic venue this summer, including Portland’s Edgefield, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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