MGMT’s first album in almost five years is close at hand, and the psych-rock duo have put out one more single ahead of the release of Little Dark Age this Friday, Feb. 9.
New single “Me & Michael” is out now, along with a narrative-based music video from directors Joey Frank and Randy Lee Maitland. The song itself is a bright, synth-driven ode to a companion, built on sparkling guitars and keys straight out of the ‘80s. As the video observes, “It’s a hit song!”
The bizarre, yet charming “Me & Michael” video sees Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser become successful musicians in an odd, cardboard universe, only to be exposed as plagiarists. A press release explains the clip as follows:
The video tells the story of MGMT being moved to steal a song written by Filipino band Truefaith, a theft leading to a rise of unprecedented success followed by an accusation of plagiarism and a crashing fall. When the band puts their heads together and decide to ask for forgiveness, they contact Truefaith—who are actually an established rock band from the Philippines and who recorded a version and video called “Ako at si Michael” for this little MGMT stunt. If you look around for influences, you will find Russian versions too.
“Me & Michael” follows three previous Little Dark Age singles, including its title track, “When You Die” and “Hand It Over.” The album will be MGMT’s first new release since their 2013 self-titled, which itself followed their Grammy-nominated 2007 debut Oracular Spectacular and their acclaimed 2010 followup Congratulations.