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).
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On behalf of Columbia Records and MGMT many thanks for plugging “Congratulations” on your site (street date 13th April) … .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label, management and artist for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length version of “Flash Delirium” is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc at http://www.whoismgmt.com/ … .. for further details of the new album, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the artist’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/mgmt and YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/mgmtmusic … .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.
Also and as a goodwill gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive preview stream of the full album is currently available via the band’s website at http://www.whoismgmt.com (as already featured by you) … .. this is for hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off the band’s official website, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or embedding these files.
Thanks again for your plug.