With a tentative schedule release for sometime this June, the group decided to go back to their roots, ensuring the interviewer that tracks on their third LP will be in line with the catchy, freak funk jams like “Electric Feel” and “Time To Pretend” found on their first album Oracular Spectacular.
Just kidding! After a heapingly divisive slice of weird like Congratulations, do you really think VanWyngarden and Goldwasser are interested in treading familiar terrain? No, instead, they’re getting even more freaky deaky.
Recording in a secluded cabin outside Buffalo, NY, MGMT is borrowing inspiration from, “Aphex Twin and house music”.
Says Goldwasser, “We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it.”
Swirling electronic highlights include “Mystery Disease” and “Alien Days” – which VanWyngarden explains is “about that feeling when a parasitic alien is in your head, controlling things.”
“The recording process was really strange,” says co-producer Dave Fridmann. “So we did a cover just to say, ‘Let’s get back to planet Earth for a second.’”
To clarify, MGMT weirded out a vet producer whose done some of his best work with The Flaming Lips. The – naked bike riding, hamster balling, Ke$ha collaborating, releasers of songs via usb drives in human skulls (!!!) – Flaming Lips.
Does Columbia know what they have on their hands here?
“There’s no illusion on their part that we’re going to turn into a Top 40 band,” says VanWyngarden.
Shocker. Well, whatever they decide to call their third LP, it sounds it will be interesting, to say the least.