Driving home on a Saturday morning after dropping my wife off at work, I flicked through the radio hoping to hear something new or interesting (I was driving her car, so I didn’t have the comfort of my own CDs). Scanning through the top 40 stations, I catch the chorus of a new song and I am instantly on board with the smooth and soft singing and the bumping bass. I take a mental note of what I think the song is called, “Rebel Just for Kicks”. I was wrong. But, I was able to track it down when I got home to give it a dozen more listens after finding out I had actually been listening to Portugal. The Man’s single “Feel It Still” from their 2017 album “Woodstock”.
I am a little late on this one, the song being released way back in March, but only recently has it reached the number 4 spot in the Hot 100, a first for the band. There are a lot of things I enjoy about this track. The falsetto vocals are pleasant and catchy and the beat is punchy and immediate. The instrumentation is diverse and interesting with a horn section giving the song some needed emphasis and punctuation.
One section towards the end of the song, the repeating verse “Is it coming, Is it coming”, fails to do anything for me. After repeated listens the aspects of the song I enjoyed in the beginning started to wear thin as well, perhaps because they were so immediate and catchy and beneath them there was not much else to listen to. It seems like the band had a great chorus and some solid verses but didn’t know where else to go with the song.
Still, if you are a fan of pop and indie music this is certainly worth a listen if you haven’t stumbled across it on the radio already.