MGMT will release Little Dark Age, their first album in five years, this Friday, February 9th via Columbia Records. The band, made famous through their early-to-mid 2000s hits “Kids” and “Electric Feel,” returned to the stage last summer, and has been actively touring since. Since the announcement of the album’s coming release, the band has released a handful of singles, including “When You Die”, “Hand It Over”, and the album’s title track. Today, the band has shared yet another single to get fans ready for Little Dark Age, and a bizarre new music video to go along with it.

Andrew VanWyngarden (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion) go on a sort of abstract psychedelic quest when they find a cool song by a Filipino rock band called True Faith online and decide that they’re going to “steal it.” (Note: the band in the video is real, but the “stolen” song in question is not). The video, which echoes the worst of your lysergic nightmares, follows Andrew and Ben as they use the stolen song to make themselves famous and successful, and are eventually called out and disgraced for their piracy and plagiarism—although they do get a surprise happy ending. The track itself is a sunny, 80’s-style analog groove, but the video portrays a much more somber tone.

MGMT  – “Me and Michael”


The real True Faith also recorded their own version of “Ako at si Michael”, the copied song referenced in the video. You can listen to it below.

True Faith – “Ako at si Michael”

[Video: ABS-CBN Starmusic]

You can catch MGMT on the road this spring. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to their website. See below for a full track listing, and get excited with a short “making of” video made by David MacNutt, via MGMT Facebook.

MGMT’s Little Dark Age Tracklist:

1. She Works Out Too Much
2. Little Dark Age
3. When You Die
4. Me and Michael
6. James
7. Days That Got Away
8. One Thing Left To Try
9. When You’re Small
10. Hand It Over

[H/T – Consequence of Sound]