The band returned earlier this year with comeback single ‘Little Dark Age’ from their new album of the same name. They last released a record in 2013 in the form of their self-titled third album.
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The new album is reportedly set for a February release and now, Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift, who co-produced the album alongside Dave Fridmann, has revealed more about the forthcoming record.
In a new profile of the band in Q Magazine, Fridmann reportedly encouraged Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser to bring in outside collaborators, which led them to work with fellow psychedelic travelers like Connan Mockasin and Ariel Pink, who wrote part of ‘When You Die.’
It has also been revealed that one song on the new album, titled ‘James’, was written while the band were on acid.
Wimberly, VanWyngarden and Goldwasser took what they thought was a “a microdose of acid,” but what actually turned out to be more of a macro-dose. “I spent hours screaming at the top of my lungs about Pakistan,” VanWyngarden explained. Goldwasser then sent over a keyboard loop and the band finished the whole song during that one session.
Last week, the band unveiled their new single called ‘When You Die’ and shared a video for the track.
The hypnotic and surreal clip for ‘When You Die’, stars Alex Karpovsky – Ray from Girls – as a magician.
MGMT had been expected to return in 2016, after declaring on Christmas Day 2015 that they would “re-dominate your mind hole” the following year. However, no new material surfaced that year and the band later clarified: “Meant to say MGMT re-dominates your mind hole in 2017”.
Back in May 2016, Mac DeMarco responded to rumours that he would be collaborating with MGMT in the near future.
DeMarco said: “[VanWyngarden] lives in the same neighbourhood as me, so we’re homies. I don’t know, maybe I should leave it as a mystery. I’m not recording on any MGMT albums, just my own record, but who knows?”