MGMT has introduced particulars of its first album in 5 years, Lack of Life, which would be the duo’s debut launch for brand spanking new label Mother + Pop after a decade-plus run at Columbia Data. Due Feb. 23, the 10-track LP finds Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser working with producer Patrick Wimberly, with additional contributions from Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Level By no means) and Brian Burton (Hazard Mouse).
First single “Mom Nature” is out at the moment (Oct. 31) in tandem with an animated video from longtime MGMT collaborator Jordan Fish. The band says the track “outlines the archetypical MGMT mythology of 1 hero making an attempt to get the opposite hero to return on the journey that they ‘should’ go on. One half seems like Oasis.” Provides Fish of the video, which stars Canine and Turtle, “I hope the story makes folks comfortable and really feel linked to household, buddies and the animal kingdom as effectively.”
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MGMT describes the making of Lack of Life as “a comparatively painless start after a prolonged gestation interval, and [is] comfortable to be releasing this child into the world with Mother+Pop. Musically talking, we’re operating at round 20% grownup up to date and not more than this, please.” The Greatest Present‘s Tom Scharpling has additionally written an essay in regards to the album, which he says “initiatives an aura of plain heat all through. There are epic tracks and intimate portraits, a bit little bit of glam right here, some psych-folk there. It’s a slice of magic that matches completely into the MGMT oeuvre whereas increasing the boundaries as soon as once more.”
Among the many songs are “Dancing in Babylon,” with Christine and the Queens turning within the first function on an MGMT album so far.
Lack of Life is the follow-up to 2018’s Little Darkish Age, the title observe of which grew to become a long-running TikTok hit throughout the first stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. At one level, it was being streamed as a lot 658,000 occasions per day on Spotify and is now MGMT’s third-most streamed observe there, behind solely “Children” and “Electrical Really feel” from the band’s 2007 star-making debut, Oracular Spectacular. That album was produced by Dave Fridmann, who blended Lack of Life.
In Could, MGMT performed it first correct present since November 2019 with the debut full efficiency of Oracular Spectacular on the Simply Like Heaven competition in Pasadena, Ca. Up to now, the group has not introduced tour dates for 2024, however as Goldwasser instructed SPIN final 12 months in regards to the potential inflow of latest followers within the wake of the “Little Darkish Age” viral second, “it will likely be actually fascinating to see how the crowds may have modified at any time when we get again to taking part in dwell, and whether or not which will carry over to a few of the different tracks off the album too, which might be nice. Individuals criticize the TikTok technology for having no sense of context or historical past, however for those who spent 10 minutes there, it might fully show that false. Children are extremely sensible and literate and are pulling collectively all these references. It’s fairly superb.”
Right here is the observe listing for Lack of Life:
Lack of Life (half 2)
Dancing in Babylon (that includes Christine and the Queens)
Individuals in Tthe Streets
Nothing To Declare
I Want I Was Joking
Lack of Life
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