Title - 'Little Dark Age'
Artist - MGMT
For those not in the know, MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 in Middletown, Connecticut. It currently consists of Andrew VanWyngarden (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion).
In the live line-up it consists of VanWyngarden, Goldwasser, Will Berman (drums, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Simon O'Connor (bass guitar, backing vocals), and James Richardson (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals).
Originally signed to Cantora Records by the nascent label's co-founder, NYU undergrad Will Griggs, MGMT later signed with Columbia and RED Ink in 2006 and released their debut album Oracular Spectacular the next year.
After the release of Oracular Spectacular Asti, Richardson and Berman joined the core band in the studio for Congratulations, which was released on April 13, 2010.
In January 2011 they began work on their eponymous third studio album which was released on September 17, 2013, and was released as an early exclusive on Rdio on September 9, 2013.
Little Dark Age is the long awaited new album from MGMT. The album is produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala) and was recorded at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY.
1. "She Works Out Too Much"
2. "Little Dark Age"
3. "When You Die"
4. "Me and Michael"
7. "Days That Got Away"
8. "One Thing Left to Try"
9. "When You're Small"
10. "Hand It Over"
This highly anticipated and well worth the wait, brilliant new album includes the previously released title song "Little Dark Age," and the tracks "When You Die" and "Hand It Over."
Sure all the tracks are as great as each other, but with each of these new cuts also being accompanied by stunning video clips online, well, how damn cool is that!
Kicking off in simply stunning PSB-style with "She Works Out Too Much", that's backed seamlessly by both the synth-heavy beauty of a title track and then the hyper, soaring, vibrant "When You Die."
"Me and Michael" (which centers around the unexpected closure of a close friendship), is one of the few mid-tempo synth pop ballads of the album and that's followed by the upbeat pop-lock fun of "Tslamp." The languid "James" is up next and although not one of my favorites amongst this new bunch, it still manages to fit in (just).
The freeflowing synth-happy orchestrations of "Days That Got Away" is along next and that's backed by the excellent '80s pop flow of "One Thing Left to Try". This simply terrific album then rounds out with the one true ballad of the selection, "When You're Small", and then comes the delightfully lush musical ride, "Hand It Over."
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