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The Gift - "Big Fish" (audio) (premiere)

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Portugal's most fantastic pop export the Gift team up with Brian Eno for their new album, and share their third single exclusively with PopMatters.


The Gift

Altar

Label: La Folie
Release Date: 2017-05-07
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"Our motivation is to be different than [what] we were," notes Nuno Gonçalves, and boy he isn't kidding.

Answering a question asked back in 2011 when PopMatters visited the Gift in Spain, the keyboardist and lead songwriter of Portugal's the Gift has made it clear that no two albums will sound the same. Amazingly, over the course of two decades, the band has kept this promise.

Since 1994, Nuno -- along with his brother/bassist/manager John, singer Sónia Tavares, and guitarist Miguel Ribeiro -- have been cranking out everything from lush synthpop to brooding electro ballads to guitar-driven psychedelia. They've never been content with staying in one place, and when 2011's joyous pop effort Explode emerged, the group made their first real crack at the North American market.

Now, after years of silence, the group isn't only back, but they're back in a big way. The Gift's new album Altar (which, like all their previous efforts, is released on their label), is produced by none other than Brian Eno. After Eno guested in the video for "Love Without Violins", it's clear that with a heavy electronic emphasis and a renewed sense of pop wonder, Portugal's favorite export might be on the verge of something beautiful.

To help celebrate the occasion, not only will the band be invading America through gigs in New York and SXSW, but also by unleashing yet another brand new song in the form of "Big Fish" premiering exclusively at PopMatters here below:

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