When it came time to begin work on the seventh album, Gourley thought long and hard about the next move and kept coming back to one concept: The most satisfying work is collaborative work. From building houses with his father in Alaska to building a devoted fanbase, he had sought partnerships. So he took a bold step – bold for a proven band, bolder still for its uncertainty of sound – a step up to the apartment of a possible collaborator, Danger Mouse.
Portugal. The Man found the opportunity to work with Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton so important that they scrapped two weeks of recording — and eight of ten new songs — in order to start fresh. Changing studio locations from El Paso to Danger Mouse’s headquarters in L.A., the collaboration has resulted in the band’s most accessible and “mainstream” recording to date.