It's been a little over ten years since MGMT
released their first album titled Oracular Spectacular,
with songs like "Time To Pretend," "Electric Feel," and "Kids" putting them on the map. Since then, the duo released two other albums -- Congratulations
in 2010 and MGMT
in 2013. Congratulations
wasn't a bad album, but it failed to keep fans around. Then with the release of their self-titled, they pretty much lost all of us completely. However, now they have reemerged with Little Dark Age.
MGMT are Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser who met in college and started the band as a joke. They both shared similar taste in music and found themselves writing the "poppiest" songs they could in order to sell out their college shows. Little did they know, their joke of selling out shows would soon turn into reality. That's basically how their modern day, indie pop anthems were created, which eventually landed them a record deal. They were having fun with the music they were creating at the time and didn't feel the need to commercialize it but alas, they gave it a shot and the rest is history.
Their decision to not
create another radio hit came after they found themselves wanting a creative change. They no longer wanted to be known for the initial tracks that were made to mock modern day pop music and they weren't the best representation of what the band wanted to be known for. Fast Forward to Little Dark Age,
which seems to have finally captured what MGMT is truly capable of.
The album's lead single of the same title is moody, with booming synth, bass, and a technicolor chorus. "I grieve in stereo, the stereo sounds strange / You know that if it hides, it doesn't go away," they sing, digging deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole.
The second single, "When You Die," showcases the band's true understanding of psychedelia. However while it plays with that psychedelic flare, it's not nostalgic but refreshing. Layers of acoustic guitar, more synth, clean vocals, and unpredictable notes are what make it so refreshing.
The album opener, "She Works Out Too Much," is an overdue loop back to pop hook goodness. No strangers to weird music videos, their latest one for "Me and Michael" will leave you a bit confused, but it solidifies their return. With pulsating synth bass and drums with tons of reverb, it reverts back to a more 80s-influenced sound.