MGMT concert in Leeds..[1] [2] [3] [4]

electro and psychedelic pop which entwine around each other perfectly. Played live the song is mesmerising and if the rest of the gig carries on like this, we’re all in for a good night.

‘4th Dimensional Transition’ is one of the more alternative tracks on the album, falling into the psychedelic rock genre of one of the many flavours of ‘Oracular Spectacular’. A strange song etched on MGMT’s debut album, can they do it any justice tonight? It doesn’t work as well as ‘Future Reflections’, but it still manages to get the audience singing along and pushing ever closer towards the stage. It doesn’t compare to ‘The Youth’, however. It is the slow melodies and the smooth chorus which get the audience singing along to this one, and played live it almost brings a magical element in to the room. It provides a soothing break from the fast pace of what the gig has been so far, and perfectly depicts what MGMT’s music is all about: a fast whirl through all sorts of genres, before placing you gently back down on your feet to recover for a few moments, and suddenly speeding you off on your musical journey once again.

‘The Youth’ finished, it is ‘Electric Feel’ which brings us back into the fantasy world of MGMT, and as one of the most well known tracks and one of the only tracks on the album that you are able to “dance” to, the crowd soon begin moving on the dance floor.  Similar to the ‘The Youth’, ‘Electric Feel’ has that element of romance about it, but it is almost hailing its hippy ancestors with the slight drum beat and relaxed, almost summery feel. Laidback and sublime, it is only towards the end of the song that the band suddenly breaks loose of the hippy vibe and you can truly hear the influences of David Bowie, circa ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, nestled among the chords.

‘Weekend Wars’ throws us once again head on into the warp of musical genres and fantasy. Indeed, all the songs have an element of fantasy in them and by rushing us, pacing us and then throwing ideas our way, it makes us question whether we too should live our lives through imagination and playacting. This certainly is the question on ‘Time to Pretend’, which sends the crowd into a frenzy, jumping about and crushing together. To add to this sense of hype and fun, MGMT play out the opening chords for at least a minute longer than on the album, whilst people begin chanting along. There are cheers as the first lyrics are sung and since it’s the song which was played on the finalé of teen drama ‘Skins’, everyone here tonight under the age of 25 is bound to know it, and know it they do, singing along to every word. As the opener of the debut album, the chorus tells us that we are “fated to pretend”, and it is the playacting of MGMT which creates much of ‘Oracular Spectacular’. Depicting the rock n’ roll lifestyle here on ‘Time to Pretend’, they shy away from it on further tracks but always keep that element of fantasy and imagination, inviting us to do the same.

Again, the pace slows down to ‘Pieces of What’, MGMT’s best ballad (even more so than ‘The Youth’) with its poignant moments of nostalgic reminiscing. It almost seems like a coming of age for the album, with Andrew Van Wyn Garden singing about “pieces of what we used to call home”. This is a moment where MGMT draws back from their world of fantasy and playacting to question the reality of events been and gone. There is certainly a hint again of David Bowie....



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