Little Dark Age
The Return of MGMT
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After a “brief” hiatus (a 5 year break) MGMT, Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, are back with their fourth studio album Little Dark Age. This album evokes a very widespread feeling of unease with its trippy yet creepy milotic pop synth melodies and dark lyrics on certain songs like for example the title track ‘Little Dark Age’ or ‘When You Die’. This album very much sounds as if MGMT wanted to say farewell to the classic days behind ‘Kids’ and “Electric Feel” from their album ‘Oracular Spectacular’ which propelled them to fame. Some would say that the duo committed career suicide because MGMT was originally intended as a joke. They were just a couple of trouble making college kids making ironic pop music with lyrics mocking rock superfluity. The band has moved onto bigger and better sounds on their newly released album.
Little Dark Age is both an expression of surprise and dismay to the current political and social climate with an occasional reference to their own personal lives. The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is where the inspiration came. Of the election, VanWyngarden stated, “We were like, ‘Wow, is it actually possible for the most impossible thing to happen? Apparently, we were more inspired to write pop music after evil took over the world.” But do not fret it’s the same catchy melieds that made MGMT who they are. MGMT is often described as psychedelic and indie rock. If this sounds like something you might like and want to experience, then give it a listen. I would highly recommend giving this album a listen even if it doesn’t sound like something you would like, just to experience something new and hey you may end up liking it.