Psychedelic rockers MGMT have been relatively mum for the last year, save for a Fleetwood Mac cover, a letter to SOPA, and a random one-off appearance at August’s Osheaga Festival. But as Rolling Stone reports, the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasse plan to return with their self-titled third album and follow up to 2010’s Congratulations this June.
Both VanWyngarden and Goldwasse worked on the album without the band at Tarbox Road Studios outside of Buffalo, NY. They recorded alongside co-producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), who called the process “really strange,” having involved several improvisational jams that would last for hours. Influences ranged from Aphex Twin to house music.
As Goldwasser explained to the publication: ”We’ll get involved in what we’re doing and the next thing we know, we’ve been improvising for five hours.” Such jams resulted in tracks like “Alien Days”, “Mystery Disease”, and a cover of Long Island cult act Faine Jade’s “Introspection”.
“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it,” Goldwasser added, which Van Wyngarden feels is “comforting.”
So, yeah, expect to get spaced in June.