By Sara Nuta, Contributing Writer
It’s a good time to be an MGMT fan. After celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their debut album, Oracular Spectacular, MGMT have made a comeback releasing a new music video and single in anticipation of their upcoming album.
Just in time for Halloween, MGMT have put out “Little Dark Age,” their spookiest single and music video yet. VanWyngarden and Goldwasser released the single through Beats 1 Radio on October 17. The psych-rock duo haven’t released anything in four years since their reverb-soaked self-titled record. Although MGMT was a success in terms of the band’s experimental liberties, it tanked. But after dropping hints on instagram and twitter, MGMT are back.
“Little Dark Age” is an ominous synth-pop track that sounds like it could be on the Drive. Over a funky bassline and sinister synths, frontman Andrew VanWyngarden sings moody lyrics in a lower register than usual. “I grieve in stereo/The stereo sounds strange/I know that if you hide/It doesn’t go away/If you get out of bed.”
Like most post-“Oracular Spectacular” era MGMT songs, it takes a few listens to get into the track. After the fourth or fifth time, the chorus feels stickier. The track has a similar anxious energy as previous singles like “Flash Delirium” but with some of the freneticism stripped away to create a metallic, mid-tempo groove.
“Forgiving who you are
For what you stand to gain
Just know that if you hide
It doesn’t go away”
The song marks a departure into new, spacier territory but still maintains the band’s particular brand of surrealist psychedelia. While “Little Dark Age” is dark and brooding, it doesn’t take itself too seriously–it still has MGMT’s signature neon sheen.
Directed by David MacNutt and Nathaniel Axel, the music video for “Little Dark Age” is a masterpiece of camp and ‘80s gloom. In the video, Goldwasser scribbles fervently with a quill and VanWyngarden has traded in his bandanna for a Robert Smith-esque mop of black hair. Connan Mockasin also has a brief cameo. The visuals are set in a creepy mansion and filled with the best Halloween tropes—candelabras, red apples, and lots of fog machines. So far, the video and the single seem well-received by fans and critics alike.