It seems MGMT have had their new album Congratulations leaked. In response to that, they are offering fans to stream the album in its entirety on their website (press the play icons next to the song titles to start the streaming).
At first, the only thing all of us MGMT fans got as a preview was the psycho wail and noise of “Flash Delirium,” which the label gave to the various music mediums to push as a free download. When I heard it, I thought, “These guys have lost their minds.” I pushed it aside after only one listen, and I can appreciate the odd left turns of progressive rock and general noise as much as any fan of avant-garde music, but truly, I felt this song came across as self-consciously odd in a bad Beach Boys kind of way… upon first listen. It has since grown on me (recalling my initial hate-love relationship with Of Montreal’s songcraft).
Now, halfway through the new album, I can say some of the tracks on Congratulations are even easier to digest than “Flash Delirium.” It’s quite worth any fan of Oracular Spectacular to check out. So far it has a wonderful psychedelic feel, a sort of mellower, easier-on-the-ears Syd Barret.
I still have to complete my first listen, but already, five songs in, I can see why fans on the MGMT message boards are already saying they have begun pre-ordering it (the band is offering a free lithograph to those that pre-order it via their website, to boot). Hopefully the label will do a better job with the vinyl version as their last album got bad reviews for the vinyl’s sound quality (it’s not about putting digital tracks on vinyl at loud, distorted levels).