MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular
When most kids go to college, they go to live their parents' dreams of becoming a lawyer or a doctor. Sometimes they form terrible bands that they take way too seriously and play in nasty little bars. MGMT (pronounced Management) didn't. Ever.
Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser met and formed the duo while studying music in college. MGMT would often play at the college dorms, but usually played covers. By that I mean they would only play the Ghostbusters' theme song many times in a row. Of course the duo would write more "serious" music behind closed doors and soon decided they needed to sell out.
After releasing the Time to Pretend EP on a small local label, Columbia Records started to look at them. They have never been concerned with how they come off to the public or to record label executives for that matter. Once the meeting with Columbia was set, VanWyngarden and Goldwasser decided it would be in their best business interest to come off as sarcastic as possible to the label, so they decided to list their dream producers. Among other legends the list included Prince, Barak Obama, Nigel Goodrich (Radiohead), and "Not Sheryl Crow."
Coloumbia searched and MGMT waited. They finally (at the end of the meeting) settled on Dave Fridmann from The Flaming Lips producing fame. Who cares that these guys are jerks and have a major label deal? Well, you should and you will after listening to Oracular Spectacular, MGMT's debut full length released this year.
Spectacular is a synth driven power pop wonder that seems to come out of nowhere. Tracks such as Time to Pretend and Electric Feel are the centerpieces of the album that share the multi-layered vocals and very catchy, synth driven, dance feel. These tracks will make you want to check them out live and witness the spiritual revival of dance within yourself. The rest of the album switches gears from the synth-pop to acoustic driven tracks a few times. With the acoustic tracks the singing voice is a little much and starts to wear on the nerves a bit. Then MGMT redeems themselves with more dancing.
Seriously, Electric Feel will rule your life once you hear it, so go get this album! MGMT is one of this year's bands to watch because with such a solid debut, they will blow up, and you will have us to thank for enriching your life beyond measure.