Portugal. The Man, “Sumatran Tiger”

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This is something different.

Great Northwest band (yes, Alaska counts as part of the Pacific Northwest), Portugal. The Man have just released a song in partnership with the National Zoo in Washington, DC. It’s sort of an Earth Day-related song to highlight the plight of the Sumatran Tiger. There are less than 400 in the wild. The twist that makes this an interesting awareness campaign is that just 400 copies of the vinyl were created-using degradable materials. So, just like the tigers, this song too will eventually disappear. They are encouraging listeners to rip copies of the song and share them online to help raise awareness.

And the song? Pretty good, actually. Kind of a laid-back summer vibe to it, with jangly guitars, a leisurely beat, and some lovely, hummable melodies throughout. I guarantee you will want to listen to it more than once.

Hear the song and read more about the tigers, the band, and the zoo here.