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In which MGMT return from the brink of coherence to deliver the weirdo synth-pop album some of their fans have been waiting a decade for. The first words you hear on Little Dark Age are “Get ready to have some fun. Alright, here we go!” The band may have sampled those words in jest — they’re from a workout video, on a song called “She Works Out Too Much” but the album lives up to the promise anyway. The festival-rocking grandeur of Oracular Spectacular is never coming back, but the playful, melodious new wave we get instead here is one of 2018 music’s most pleasant surprises.

MGMT are a little young to be turning into tired old men. Yet, on the duo’s fourth studio album Little Dark Age, co-band leaders Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser sound as if a lot is weighing them down: the current political climate (according to them, the title is meant to be reassuring that this bleak period will only be a tiny one), our tech addictions, regretting one’s wasted time and modern dating. That’s a lot of bitter pills to swallow in one go. But stroking our necks to make the medicine go down is some of the band’s most dreamy and druggy music to date. Working again with Dave Fridmann and with some key assists from likeminded popster Ariel Pink and MGMT touring member James Richardson, the album feels like it’s alternately melting and lifting, warming and woozy. Little Dark Age is sequenced perfectly, slowly and steadily coming into focus over the course of its running time. That may feel a little sneaky, letting listeners finally get their sea legs before fading to black. But isn’t that spirit we’ve come to anticipate with MGMT?

MGMT – ” Me And Micheal “

Posted: February 8, 2018 in MUSIC
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See the Surreal Video for MGMT's Irresistible New Single, "Me & Michael"

MGMT’s first album in almost five years is close at hand, and the psych-rock duo have put out one more single ahead of the release of Little Dark Age this Friday, February.

New single “Me & Michael” is out now, along with a narrative-based music video from directors Joey Frank and Randy Lee Maitland. The song itself is a bright, synth-driven ode to a companion, built on sparkling guitars and keys straight out of the ‘80s. As the video observes, “It’s a hit song!” . The bizarre, yet charming “Me & Michael” video sees Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser become successful musicians in an odd, cardboard universe, only to be exposed as plagiarists. A press release explains the clip as follows:

The video tells the story of MGMT being moved to steal a song written by Filipino band Truefaith, a theft leading to a rise of unprecedented success followed by an accusation of plagiarism and a crashing fall. When the band puts their heads together and decide to ask for forgiveness, they contact Truefaith—who are actually an established rock band from the Philippines and who recorded a version and video called “Ako at si Michael” for this little MGMT stunt. If you look around for influences, you will find Russian versions too.

Sure enough, Truefaith’s version of the song and its accompanying video went up on YouTube a few days ago.

“Me & Michael” follows three previous Little Dark Age singles, including its title track, “When You Die” and “Hand It Over.” The album will be MGMT’s first new release since their 2013 self-titled, which itself followed their Grammy-nominated 2007 debut Oracular Spectacular and their acclaimed 2010 followup Congratulations.

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After MGMT’s hits-filled breakthrough Oracular Spectacular, they turned their sights away from mainstream success and towards psychedelic weirdness. Its followup, 2010’s Congratulations, may have been divisive amongst fans, but it’s arguably an even greater artistic achievement than Oracular Spectacular.

MGMT went even further down the rabbit hole with their self-titled 2013 album, but it looks like they’re bringing the best of both worlds to Little Dark Age. Both singles, the title track and “When You Die,” have one foot firmly planted in genuinely trippy psychedelia, but MGMT are writing danceable pop songs again. They’re still nothing like “Kids” or “Electric Feel,” but MGMT aren’t the type to ever fully repeat themselves anyway. This middle ground suits them perfectly well.