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It's Complicated Being a Wizard [Single]

Portugal. The ManAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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(Under the mainstream radar, Alaska's favorite sons, Portugal. The Man is a band that has been steadily building a devoted fan base and amassing kudos from an array of media outlets like Filter ("Portugal. The Man hasn't merely evolved from the avant-garde, neo-soul that shaped their earliest works, they've transcended it."), AbsolutePunk ("Portugal. The Man is one ... Read more in Amazon's Portugal. The Man Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B000MTFFXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD - 2007 Approaching Airballons - 10 Tracks - UPC 801190125623

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff May 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Very cool album. I'm into a lot of ambient/experimental electronica and this band really created something neat here - catchy vocals amidst very experimental glitches and whatnot.

My only gripe is that some of the glitch and bleeps are stock sound files from the Reason sound bank. If anyone is familiar with Reason, listen to the drum kit "Glitch kit 4" and you'll find a lot of the sound effects they used there in the first song. I think I'd like this album a lot more if I didn't know this or if they made their own effects.

Still, a great listen. I'm very excited to see what's in store next for them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizard! July 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Evidently Portugal The Man is NOT satisfied with just being the creators of lush, smashy indie-rock. Thankfully. Because the result is the swirlingly, bizarrely pretty EP "It's Complicated Being A Wizard," where they throw all catchiness out the window in favor of psychedelic wizardry.

The title track is about twenty-three minutes long -- fuzzy, staggeringly murky and elusively pretty. "We will only take one/and then backs and racks can carry out/of here/someday we'll find a home," John Baldwin Gourley croons under slow, drifting melodies and a heavy layer of fuzz.

He follows it up with a song so short that it doesn't even clock in at a minute. Each of the songs that follows is named after a gem or metal magic, like "Amber Magic" or "Gold Magic." But the music is less predictable: sleepy stoner psychedelica, elusive fuzzy ballads, twittery little guitar pop songs, ghostly sputtery experimental techno, and all sorts of crazy hybrid sounds.

I'm not even sure why this is an EP, instead of a regular album -- it has plenty of songs, and some of them are definitely long enough. But whatever this peculiar band's reasoning, it's a massive experimental step for them, and while it takes awhile to get warmed up to it, the EP is wonderful listening.

There's enough fuzz here for two Elephant 6 albums, laced with ghostly synth and skittering glitches, and all of it placed over grinding bass and some ringing electric guitars. The songs are dense little packages of sonic experimentation, with meandering melodies, although there is the occasional exception like the sparer, quieter "Amethyst Music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wizard! April 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Evidently Portugal The Man is NOT satisfied with just being the creators of lush, smashy indie-rock. Thankfully. Because the result is the swirlingly, bizarrely pretty EP "It's Complicated Being A Wizard," where they throw all catchiness out the window in favor of psychedelic wizardry.

The title track is about twenty-three minutes long -- fuzzy, staggeringly murky and elusively pretty. "We will only take one/and then backs and racks can carry out/of here/someday we'll find a home," John Baldwin Gourley croons under slow, drifting melodies and a heavy layer of fuzz.

He follows it up with a song so short that it doesn't even clock in at a minute. Each of the songs that follows is named after a gem or metal magic, like "Amber Magic" or "Gold Magic." But the music is less predictable: sleepy stoner psychedelica, elusive fuzzy ballads, twittery little guitar pop songs, ghostly sputtery experimental techno, and all sorts of crazy hybrid sounds.

I'm not even sure why this is an EP, instead of a regular album -- it has plenty of songs, and some of them are definitely long enough. But whatever this peculiar band's reasoning, it's a massive experimental step for them, and while it takes awhile to get warmed up to it, the EP is wonderful listening.

There's enough fuzz here for two Elephant 6 albums, laced with ghostly synth and skittering glitches, and all of it placed over grinding bass and some ringing electric guitars. The songs are dense little packages of sonic experimentation, with meandering melodies, although there is the occasional exception like the sparer, quieter "Amethyst Music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it March 10, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I'm pretty sure this was a side project written and recorded by just the singer when they were still developing their sound after Waiters... Its Complicated Being a Wizard is a very experimental and daring release from Portugal. The Man, and not like anything else these guys put out. They always manage to sound like a new band with every album. It begins and ends and leaves you wanting to play it over again. Flowing at exactly 23 minutes and filled with complex beats and soothing keyboards throughout, it's chill, it's ambient, it's funky, it's trippy, it's beautiful.
This is the kind of electronic music I dig. Has my approval.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, even as a PTM fan October 30, 2013
By Daniel
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have listened to all of Portugal. The Man's released albums and EP's and this is honestly the only one I really regret purchasing. The whole EP is put onto the first 20 minute song, and then is divided throughout the EP. It has it's moments but I would not recommend it as pleasure listening. I would recommend "The Satanic Satanist" "Waiter You Vultures" and "Evil Friends" if you are looking for some good listening from this band. Hope this helped.
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