MGMT’s psychedelic sound is hit and miss. Parts of their previous albums have been fantastic, whilst others go beyond skippable into deletable. Hence, it’s with some trepidation that I approach this album, dubbed as their most experimental to date, but also with a little bit of hope- they undoubtedly have a streak of brilliance in amongst their wild playfulness, and more creative freedom might just allow that to expand further into the music.
Or it might not. Alien Days wasn’t terrible by any means, but Your Life Is A Lie failed to win me over, and with a relatively short album at 10 tracks, you’ve got to hope that the other 80% isn’t too close in quality to the already-released 20%. Don’t allow my caution to put you off though: this is an experienced duo, and one with a lot of talent- for all the confusion this LP’s sounds might bring, that shred of genius will hopefully come to the fore. Available to buy next week.
Released as part of Record Store Day, and also believed to feature on their upcoming album, the unique MGMT return with their first new piece of music in quite some time.
The sheer number of genres blended into here is head-spinning. To name just a couple, there are heavy touches of folk mixed in with retro pop stylings for a psychedelic experience, whilst hints of modern alternative create sharp edges to the sound that grounds the track’s otherwise-trippy nature. Somewhere between the old-school samples, distorted vocals and thick guitar strums lie hefty, pounding percussion thumps, driving through the track at a slow pace that belies the lively melodic layers sitting atop it, and hence that contrast makes for a sligtly disorienting track, but one that gains clarity as it progresses. Worth a listen for the starved MGMT fans, but it might be a bit much for everyone else.
The title track from MGMT’s latest LP gets some visual treatment. I fully expect this to be bizarre and wonderful in equal measure, as most of their videos tend to be.
Quick one from me as the Brazil game is about to kick off (although this isn’t being published until around half-time!).
Expect this video to be either insane, brilliant or a heady mixture of the two. From their newest album Congratulations.
As May rolls in and the summer moves closer, take a quick look back over my pick of last months Indie/Electro/Alternative-rock tracks that should be dominating your ears.
If you think that you’ve seen all that April had to offer, or just want some fresh acts to dig your teeth into, look no further and check out some awesome tracks and bands that may just have slipped in under the radar.
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I could not have crammed in any more genres in the last 24 hours!
Probably the best remix I’ve heard of this song to date. It stays very true to the awesome original and doesn’t speed it up obscenely, like most dance remixes tend to. The additions that are made are worthwhile, and definitely make this track ready for a club playlist. One to check out for sure.
Kid Cudi-Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) ft. MGMT and Ratatat
MGMT return with a new track, and they’ve actually released it for free on their own site. Haven’t checked this one out, but they’ve cemented themselves as one of the top alternative acts around (largely thanks to the popularity of Kids) and I’m looking forward to giving it a listen.
This is actually really, really good. It’s got a much eerier feel than the original video, which fits the song really well. Not that the original didn’t, but they fit the song in different ways.
I really like the ‘groundhog day’ repetition that they’ve got going on, and it definitely catches a different mindset than the original.
Very interesting video, and really well directed. I’m not sure which version I prefer though, I think I’m 50/50. Great song, 2 great videos=winner!
I’ve only just heard this song moments ago and had to get it up straight away – this is just so good. As you may have noticed yourself, it’s a remix of the MGMT song ‘Kids’.
I will post the audio for this track at a later date (haven’t got hold of it yet).
Ajay-182 Edit: Bringing this back up to the top as I’ve upped the .mp3 for y’all to enjoy.
What a video. A fantastic effort, which genuinely enhances the song with a great set of visuals.
The effects on the video really capture the dream state that Cudi describes lyrically, as he moves at normal speed amongst the slow-down surroundings to develop those themes brilliantly. Couple of nice cameos too, with Drake playing a prominent part and Consequence popping up once or twice.
You know this to be true.
Go grab Benny Benassi’s remix of Cudi’s Pursuit Of Happiness (oh and while you’re at it, go read the review of his superb album)
Pursuit Of Happiness (Benny Benassi remix) ft. MGMT & Ratatat
Head across to watch a live performance of Kid Cudi’s upcoming third single, Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s a pretty good performance, and the song sounds like it should be great on CD.
A Kid Cudi megapost if you will. Click below to watch two trailers for the upcoming album, details for pre-ordering the album, and downloads for two previews of tracks from the album. The tracks in question? Only the finished version of Sky Might Fall, and the upcoming single Pursuit of Happiness.
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Quick bit of news on Cudi. The third single from Man On The Moon: The End of Day is confirmed to be Pursuit of Happiness, and will feature MGMT and Ratatat. Awesome!
(If you aren’t familiar with those two bands, click their names to hear a track of theirs. Cudi fans should recognise the Ratatat song…)