MGMT: 'New album is less paranoid than 'Congratulations''

Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser say third album 'MGMT' is "something that you can really sink into'

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MGMT have revealed that their forthcoming third studio album is "less distraught, nervous and paranoid" than their 2010 album 'Congratulations'.

The New York duo, Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, will release new album 'MGMT' in September and spoke to NME about feeling "more at ease" with themselves as a band than they did three years ago. Revealing all in an interview you can read in this week's issue, on newsstands and available digitally from tomorrow (July 3), VanWyngarden says: "We’re feeling a little bit more at ease and ready to take whatever comes our way. First and foremost we feel like we’ve made a really good album that reflects who we are right now, which is a little bit less distraught, nervous and paranoid than we were three years ago. For lots of different reasons, 2010 was a wild ride for us."

Ben Goldwasser goes as far as to call 'Congratulations' a "paranoid" album, blaming the lack of a break between touring their 2008 debut 'Oracular Spectacular' and recording its follow up. "I would say that ‘Congratulations’ was a more paranoid album [than 'MGMT'],” says Goldwasser. "That was written coming off of a really intense run of touring and we didn’t really give ourselves any kind of a break, so the paranoia and lack of feeling that we were in control, I think that came across on ‘Congratulations’ a lot. The way that we wrote the music, it was intentionally uncomfortable. On the new album we wanted to make something that you could really sink into."

MGMT will tour the UK later this year, playing four dates in October including a gig at London's Forum.

MGMT will play:

Glasgow ABC1 (October 12)
Wolverhampton Civic (13)
Manchester O2 Apollo (14)
London Forum (16)


Pick up this week's NME magazine to read a full interview.

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