Columbia (2008) EU
Formed in 2002 in Brooklyn, NY, MGMT consists of multi-instrumentalists Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, both alumni of Wesleyan University. The pair was drawn to the music of other duos and found themselves incorporating the implications of the hallucinatory power of the Incredible String Band, the roaring subway minimalist electronica of Suicide, the silky pop-soul of Hall & Oates, the pulsing narcotic trance of Spacemen 3, the avant garde industrial romanticism of Royal Trux and much more into the constantly evolving sounds of MGMT.
Co-produced with David Fridmann, their million-selling 2008 debut Oracular Spectacular proved to be an enigmatic and prophetic collection of hallucinatory sounds and exploratory pop tones for the new millennium, spawning the ubiquitous hit singles "Kids," "Time To Pretend" and "Electric Feel." The record garnered the band three Grammy nominations, along with numerous accolades across the globe, including landing at #18 on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 albums of the decade. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl courtesy of Legacy Recordings.