Remember when we all were young and full of youthful optimism and blasting Oracular Spectacular
all the time, absolutely loving MGMT
and hoping they'd be around forever? Remember when Congratulations
came out, and you were still pretty stoked for new MGMT music but kinda longed for the more accessible, drenched-in-summertime-vibes tracks like "Kids" and "Electric Feel"? And then remember when the self-titled came out? Yea me neither, I honestly didn't know MGMT was still around at the time.
It's been four years since MGMT's self-titled came out, and after a hiatus, an announcement of new material and a teaser for that new material, they have finally graced us with "Little Dark Age", the first single of their upcoming album by the same name.
While it's not just a rehash of older material, "Little Dark Age" definitely feels like a callback to the early days of the indie-electronic group. Shedding some of the eclectic-ness that marked Congratulations
and the self-titled, "Little Dark Age" is accessible and easy to move to, though tinged with an underlying melancholia and darkness that could be heard on "Kids" and "Time to Pretend". The track opens with some haunting synth work that is soon backed by a thick and grooving bass line. The chorus is the most reminiscent of MGMT's early material, palatable to all and very danceable.
I could see some people being disappointed with what may seem like a lack of progression by the group, but it's honestly refreshing to hear an approachable and simplified track from them again. "Little Dark Age" is the MGMT we all know and love, and it's good to have them back.