MGMT has a new, self-titled album and you can already stream it on Rdio, a week in advance on its official release! I haven’t really started listening yet, the email popped up in my mailbox yesterday night and I was out for a show. Rdio is a free online streaming service and apparently they want to give a harsh concurrence to Spotify. It is the first coup for Rdio, which was the exclusive partner for Paramore’s album back in April and hosted two exclusive tracks. The site offers a very easy way to sign up, as you can just use your Facebook account or register for free.
You can stream the album here and even watch the weird animated video called the ‘Optimizer’, ‘a spectacular visual companion to the album’, freely illustrating the songs. I am highly recommending it because the experience won’t be complete without this insane visual aesthetic. I am just streaming ‘Alien Days’, the first track of the album, and for now it sounds like the Polyphonic Spree with a bit more acid. With the visuals it turns very psychedelic, it can even make you feel dizzy, since all these colors and giant female insect crawling throughout layers of colorful textures and stripped geometrical shapes are dangerously evoking the most impressive acid trip,… that’s why I got the Pink-Floyd-vibe during their set at the FYF fest. I am also just experiencing a very slow streaming right now, which could be due to a high demand (or just my shitty internet connection?).’Introspection’ is also kind of catchy, with a very 70s aura, but the rest left me a bit blank for now, so don’t be expect to be blown away
They aren’t probably going to repeat their previous ‘Kids’ success, what I am listening is very druggy and will surely not make you do some jumpy dancing… that’s why I don’t get why David Guetta wanted to collaborate with them!! This is what NME is claiming according to an interview the band gave to Digital Spy. Speaking of the current chart music, Ben Goldwasser said: ‘The production a lot of the time is really cool and impressive. But it’s hard for me to identify with a lot of the lyrics. So much of it seems to be about completely forgetting any sort of responsibility and having fun.’… ‘It’s nice that people have that music to turn off the world to, but it doesn’t have the kind of staying power that I crave.’ To what Andrew VanWyngarden added, ‘What’s that huge song – I don’t actually like it cos I get so furious when it gets stuck in my head – ‘I am titanium’, It drills into your brain!’… ‘I think [Guetta] actually has maybe approached us.’
Was he joking? Because I don’t see why Guetta would have wanted to bring his single repetitive piercing-meninges note in the middle of these complex druggy-dragging soundscapes, none of these songs sound like radio hits and MGMT may be alienating their ‘Kids’-audience with their ‘Alien Days’ song. Meanwhile watch, stream their album here:
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