The band's third album has been influenced by Aphex Twin and house music
The forthcoming new MGMT album is reportedly set for a June release.
The follow-up to ‘Congratulations’ has been recorded over the past year in a cabin in Buffalo, New York.
Rolling Stone states that Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser’s third album will be ‘even weirder’ than their last.
“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it,” explains Goldwasser of the album, which has been inspired by Aphex Twin and house music.
VanWyngarden adds of their record label: “There’s no illusion on their part that we’re going to turn into a Top 40 band. That’s kind of comforting.”
Album tracks include ‘Mystery Disease’ and ‘Alien Days’, the latter of which VanWyngarden says concerns “that feeling when a parasitic alien is in your head, controlling things”. ‘Alien Days’ was debuted at a live show in April 2012.
The as-yet-untitled album also includes a cover 1960s garage rock track ‘Introspection’ by Faine Jade. Of the track, co-producer Dave Fridmann says: “The recording process was really strange, so we did a cover just to say, ‘Let’s get back to planet Earth for a second.'”
Earlier this month MGMT shared a picture of their pet cat after it heard their new songs for the first time.
The band posted the picture with the message “This tiny kitten has just heard new MGMT songs” on their official Twitter page.
MGMT’s only release since ‘Congratulations’ came as part of the latest album from upstate New York-based poet and singer-songwriter Cheval Sombre in 2012.
‘Mad Love’ was released in November via Sonic Cathedral and also featured guest appearances from former Spacemen 3 man Sonic Boom and Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500/Luna.