Contact Us

MGMT Releasing New Album in June, Not Trying to Make Music ‘Everyone Understands’

MGMT
Jason Kempin, Getty Images

MGMT plan to release the follow-up to 2010′s left-of-center ‘Congratulations’ this June. The group, which consists of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, acknowledges that ‘Congratulations’ was a shock to fans and their label after the breakthrough track ‘Kids’ from 2007′s ‘Oracular Spectacular.’ It doesn’t appear that they will be returning to the ‘Kids’ formula, though.

“People thought we took too many drugs, which was not the case at all,” Goldwasser told Rolling Stone about ‘Congratulations,’ while VanWyngarden chalked it up to learning, saying, “We were less naive after ‘Congratulations.’”

It sounds as though their third album will be even more strange than their second. The duo recorded alone, instead of with a live band. They picked the best parts of their jam sessions to create tracks that are influenced by what they’ve been listening to, which is admittedly a lot of Aphex Twin and house music.

“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it,” Goldwasser said. VanWyndgarden also dismissed the notion that the MGMT’s label Columbia pressured them to turn in something more accessible aka a hit.

“There’s no illusion on their part that we’re going to turn into a Top 40 band,” says VanWyngarden. “That’s kind of comforting.”

Next: New Music Releases 2013

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://guyspeed.com using your Facebook account.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on GuySpeed quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on GuySpeed quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!