MGMT, the band, not middle management, is red-hot these days.  This indie pop band is made up of Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, who first met at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conneticut, back in 2002.  They both shared an affinity towards pagan beliefs and psychotropic sounds.  They formed a band and begin to do a series of One Show/One Song, where they would write one song for each show.  In essence, there shows became only 15 minutes long.  Somehow this became their formula for success.  They would loop beats and goof around on stage, managing to make some of the most original and incredible music since Sufjan Stevens first broke into the scene with his ode to electronica, Enjoy Your Rabbit.

MGMT never thought that they would record their music in a studio, believing that such a static performance could never replicate the bouncing joy in each of their songs.  Yet, in Oracular Spectacular, they found the magical formula to make their abundantly danceable pop music crisp and fresh.

With songs such as “Electric Feel” and “Kids” getting heavy rotation on college radio stations across the country, this album is poised to take off and take off big.  With mainstream pop music bogged down by Miley Cyrus and more of the same, the aural public is hungry for something fresh and MGMT can be that freshmaker. 

One begins to wonder if indie music as a whole is beginning to gravitate towards more electronic roots.  Beck released The Information a few years back, Rilo Kiley’s latest, Under The Blacklight, is well-acclaimed and her most electronic laden album to date.  Ben Gibbard and Andrew Kenny (of Death Cab for Cutie and The American Analog Set, respectively) have both collaborated with indie electronica staple Styrofoam lately.  But Sufjan Stevens hasn’t been back to the land of house beats since Enjoy Your Rabbit, and The Flaming Lips stopped in for a visit with The Soft Bulletin and built a home with Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, but left once they came out with At War With The Mystics.  Whether it’s a trend or not, it is certainly enjoyable.

The future of danceable pop music is here now.  Bring it home today.

Nathaniel Jonet

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