The wonky, parping intro to breakthrough hit ‘Time To Pretend’ was everywhere and debut LP ‘Oracular Spectacular’ brought Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser storming into the limelight and to the top of NME’s Albums of the Year poll. The more experimental, odd and wickedly underrated offerings of 2010’s ‘Congratulations’ and 2013’s self-titled LP failed to ignite the same commercial flame and MGMT seemed relegated to early evening festival billings forevermore.
Yesterday, however, the band sent out a festive tweet teasing a new record in 2016 and showing the kind of self-confidence that suggests the pair aren’t content to sit back on the sidelines any more.
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His mother has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
Ben’s maternal grandfather was George Howard Hunter (the son of George Blackwood Hunter and Ruth M. Ben’s great-grandfather George was the son of Austin Clark Hunter and Annis Evelyn Blackwood.
For the new album, the duo experimented with different in-studio writing processess, resulting in a 10-song collection that includes a cover of the 1960s song "Introspection" by Faine Jade and "Alien Days," which was released on Record Store Day in April.
The concept of the viral Youtube smash is in its infancy and ‘Gangnam Style’, ‘Friday’ and the ‘Harlem Shake’ are but evil glints in the internet’s eye.
If you were a fan of aspirational, effervescent, psych-tinged pop bangers, however, then 2008 will mainly be remembered as the year of MGMT.