Brooklyn Heights resident/hipster God Andrew VanWyngarden of the band MGMT discusses with the New York Times the band’s new album, “Congratulations”, which “drops” this Tuesday. You can preview the album for free now on their website.
NY Times: “I’m a very stressed-out person,” Mr. VanWyngarden said, picking at a salad at a restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, where he lives. “I just can’t relax. I haven’t been able to in what seems like years now.”
Mr. Goldwasser nodded sympathetically. So much for youthful exuberance; instead, there is self-doubt. “It’s like the only songs we have that have really been noticed on widespread levels are songs that we wrote in college,” he fretted.
Mr. VanWyngarden piled on. “We should really be listening to, like, the masses,” he said, “instead of making an album that no one is going to like.”
That new album, “Congratulations,” to be released Tuesday on Columbia/Sony, is mostly a departure from “Oracular Spectacular” — nine tracks of sprawling psychedelia and little feel-good dance pop. The synths are there but layered beneath other instrumentation. It’s not singles driven; the trippy-folkie centerfold song lasts 12 minutes. Even before the album leaked in mid-March, it was a highly anticipated release. But it didn’t sound anything like anyone expected, and Mr. VanWyngarden and Mr. Goldwasser knew it.