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MGMT's Sardonic Spectacular

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Oracular Spectacular
Columbia Records
Release Date: October 2nd, 2007 (digitally)

When Vanwyngarden and Goldwasser, the visionaries at the helm of MGMT, met at Wesleyan University back in 2002, neither of them could have expected a four record, six figure deal from Columbia Records. Let alone being hand picked by Steve Lillywhite. Yet somehow they managed to keep those monstrous figures from tingeing their ingenuity. MGMT's Oracular Spectacular is a wondrous, synth-laden extravaganza that engenders a fanciful daze. This prodigal effort embodies a lofty electronic transition from psychedelic folk to glam rock.

"Time to Pretend" sets the hyperbolic tone imbued throughout Oracular Spectacular. MGMT poke fun at the hackneyed idea of an opulent rock star lifestyle, what they could have (or may have) easily indulged in: "This is our decision to live fast and die young. We have the vision, now let's have some fun!" The massive pummeling of synths is paved with psychedelic harmonies, recalling the vocal stylings of their current tour-mates Of Montreal. MGMT proceed to unabashedly express their over-imaginative minds, derisively belting, "We'll choke on our vomit and that will be the end/We were fated to pretend". Oh man, is this not the epitome of what your mother feared?

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MGMT - "Time to Pretend"