It's the indie pop duo's first new song since last year's Little Dark Age.
From their celebrated debut Oracular Spectacular to last year's Little Dark Age, everything in the MGMT universe has always found its power in being ever so slightly off-kilter.
Such is the case for "In the Afternoon," the latest single from the Connecticut duo. Here, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser sound their most gothic, melding their Brit-inspired synth-pop and psychedelia with ominous screeches, like the witchiest of acid trips. "Modern sovereignty / The sunlight stopped coming through / And we lost the game / Brains like nesting dolls / Plotting their escape / The doorman sees you're alone," VanWyngarden murmurs, like string of incantations. "Relief is like candy / The sweetest kind of love / Who'd guess I'd feel this way? / Like a kid in a candy store."
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Though that sweet relief might be the track's overarching theme, its sound is more sour—a little disorienting and eerie. "But you, my friend / Know problems can't be solved," VanWyngarden repeats with a sigh of acceptance, as if reconciling with things he'll never know.