LITTLE DARK AGE – MGMT

I’ve been playing the first single off of MGMT’s new album, their first in four years, on repeat over the last week or so and it was the perfect pre-cursor to Halloween. The song clearly pays homage to gothic 80s synth-pop (which the music video overtly refers to), but it feels like more of an acknowledgement that the band is in on the joke than an indication that they’re heading for a major genre shift.

The song somehow mixes a funky dark bassline, monotone vocals, and a breakdown that sounds like it’s been lifted directly from the baroque era to create a completely modern sound. This song certainly will not change pop music the way songs like ‘Time to Pretend’ or ‘Kids’ did, but it’s a solid addition to a band’s discography whose last two albums failed to make an impact.

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