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MGMT talk weird new LP, June release, alien parasites

By | Published on Wednesday 30 January 2013


When last we saw MGMT, they were craving the approval of baby cats by playing them their new music. Since said baby cats didn’t look pleased – at all – to hear it, the band’s Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden have instead played it to Rolling Stone journalist David Browne, who’s apparently less discerning than a kitten.

According to Browne’s RS article, Goldwasser and WanWyngarden (minus the live band they collaborated with circa 2010’s ‘Congratulations’) have been “holed up in a woodsy cabin … cherry-picking the best parts of their free-form jams to construct tracks that reflect the Aphex Twin and house records they’ve been listening to”. The very tentative date by which that may all be released is a tba day in June.

“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it”, says Goldwasser of the new record, whilst VanWyngarden adds: “There’s no illusion on [our label’s] part that we’re going to turn into a top 40 band. That’s kind of comforting”.

Well, it’s nice that he’s being realistic re Maroon 5-style chart popularity, especially given that one of the tracks that may/may not feature on the LP, ‘Alien Days’, is “about that feeling when a parasitic alien is in your head, controlling things”.