It’s all about MGMT these days. Between free online streams of its new record Congratulations, a forthcoming SNL appearance, festival dates galore, and a nondescript tour that leaks each and every other day, it’s extremely exciting to be a fan of the group right now. (That’s not sarcasm. If you’re actually a fan, congratulations… pun intended.) Now there’s a video to watch, and much like their past work, it’s absolutely bizarre.
The video for “Flash Delirium”, the non-single if you recall, is by far the best thing to come from this whole hoopla of press. It captures the lunacy behind the song, the band’s direction, and everything that these acid, schroom eating musicians come to represent these days. We follow Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Martin Goldwasser in their hippest outfits, as they’re whisked away to a seclusive mansion, where elderly prestige dance, sing, play with puppets, eat cake, and take several photos. It’s nothing too inventive — in fact, the eccentricities sort of come off as forced — but you can argue that’s the novelty in the whole thing.