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Offbeat Melodies

February 28 - March 5, 2024
Gulf Weekly Offbeat Melodies
Gulf Weekly Offbeat Melodies

Proving that they are no longer ‘Kids’, American band MGMT has dropped their fifth studio album Loss of Life this week to critical acclaim.

In their first studio album in six years since 2018’s Little Dark Age, the rock band also included a guest appearance by French singer Christine and the Queens, making it the first feature on an MGMT album.

The 10-track album ponders on a range of subjects like society’s addiction to modern technology and bigger, more unsettling existential questions.

Although it has a depressing-sounding title, Loss of Life approaches its heavy subject matter with warmth and even humour at some points.

The 45-minute album is a charming hodgepodge of often critically derided styles: the 90’s alt-rock the band grew up on, folk music and 80’s power ballads, with just a hint of synthesisers.

Comprised of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, MGMT made a name for themselves with their debut studio album Oracular Spectacular in 2007, from which Time to Pretend, Electric Feel and Kids quickly became generational anthems.

The new album is also their first since their contract with Columbia Records came to an end. The lead single Mother Nature was released on the same day that the contract ended and tells the story of “one hero attempting to get the other hero to come on the journey” that they have to continue.

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