Band with Hard-to-Pronounce Name Will Release Hard-to-Understand LP in June

“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it.”

This just in from Rolling Stone: Andrew VanWyngarden ’05 and Ben Goldwasser ’05, known collectively as MeGa-MeTa or Andrew Wynwasser and The Manage Mints, announced plans to release their eponymous third album in June. VanWyngarden and Goldwasser have reportedly spent the last year holed up in a cabin, tinkering with synthesizers and drum machines and guitars, and free-form jamming long into the night.

The duo’s last effort, the emphatically anti-pop Congratulations (2010), surprised many fans who were expecting a groovy, easily accessible sequel to 2007’s Oracular Spectacular. This time around, consider yourselves warned: MGMT will be “even weirder,” as VanWyngarden and Goldwasser weave patchworks of house-influenced, rhythmically complex, electro-cosmic tracks such as “Mystery Disease” and “Alien Days.” “The recording process was really strange,” confirmed co-producer Dave Fridmann (though Justin Vernon did do a similar thing Forever Ago, albeit acoustically and roughly 815 miles away). 

There is still much to learn about this album, which may not even be self-titled and is only tentatively slated for a June release. Stay tuned by following the band @whoisMGMT, which seems to have resumed fairly recently…

…or by watching them perform “Alien Days,” a song that is obviously about “that feeling when a parasitic alien is in your head, controlling things,” in Bogotá last March; or by crashing Penn State’s spring fling on April 26. You should also check out this nasty remix of “Brian Eno” (Congratulations) by Cornelius, and you should also probably check with someone from Penn State before you crash their spring fling.

[Rolling  Stone]

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