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Listen: Portugal. The Man’s “endangered” song “Sumatran Tiger”

on April 22, 2014, 11:45am

If you’re still reeling from Sunday’s combination of 4:20 and Easter, today is actually Earth Day. In celebration of our big, blue planet’s continued prosperity, Portugal. The Man has teamed up with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute to raise awareness of endangered Sumatran tigers. To do so, the band’s released something called an “endangered song.”

Just what kind of hippie nonsense is an “endangered song,” you ask? (No doubt while chopping down a tree or starting a tire fire.) The aptly titled “Sumatran Tiger” exists solely as 400 (for the number of remaining tigers) 7-inch singles, which will degrade after a certain number of uses. The song, which was sent out to “carefully chosen influencers, among them actors, activists, musicians, conservationists, bloggers and journalists,” will “go extinct unless it’s reproduced.” The band’s encouraging fans to “scour the Internet” and use the hashtags #endangeredsong and #sumatrantiger to track it down. Also, pretty sure they don’t mean “put on eBay for $250,” but that’s just a guess.

While a song named after this beast should invoke the fury of speed metal, Portugal’s crafted a slow-burning psych-rock anthem, full of sweltering guitar solos slinking through a sonic jungle of lasery studio effects, layers of lush falsetto harmonies, and drums like the beating heart of a wild cat. It may be for a very good cause, but that doesn’t stop it from being just a little dark and mysterious.

Listen in below. (We know that’s contrary to the whole “scour the Internet” deal. So, to offset any damage, Consequence of Sound promises to not use plastic bags for one week.)

For more on the band’s campaign, head here. Below, check out a video chronicling the song’s recording.


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Alana Joli Foster Abbott
April 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

Actually, it was surprisingly more difficult to track down this track to download than I expected–so thanks for posting it!

April 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

“We know that’s contrary to the whole “scour the Internet” deal.” Not really… the point is for it to be spread and bred, the point of it isn’t to look for it forever. If you have it you are supposed to post it so it doesn’t go extinct.


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