The last we heard from MGMT, they were one of the first to release an anthem about the coronavirus, “Oh No Corona.” The group was gearing up for a new era with last month’s single “In The Afternoon,” following their last release Little Dark Age. But MGMT’s plans were affected by the spread of the global pandemic, pushing them to cancel several tour dates. Now, the band has returned with an early release of the new track “As You Move Through The World.”
Clocking in at over seven minutes, the band dabbles in experimental ambient music with the single. Filled with bright chimes, washed-out synths, psychedelic reverb, and a droning kick drum, MGMT builds an escape route to an alternate reality with the fuzzy track.
The group announced the new single on social media, detailing why they released the track early: “Hey all you COVIDS— oops, we mean KIDS, Since we’re still bummed that we won’t be seeing any of you on tour for the time being, we thought we’d go ahead and release our new track, ‘As You Move Through The World,’ a little early! Everyone knows we all need a 7 and a half minute downtempo ambient instrumental track to listen to while we’re NOT moving through the world.”
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Hey all you COVIDS— oops, we mean KIDS, Since we’re still bummed that we won’t be seeing any of you on tour for the time being, we thought we’d go ahead and release our new track, As You Move Through The World, a little early! Everyone knows we all need a 7 and a half minute downtempo ambient instrumental track to listen to while we’re NOT moving through the world. Beginning at midnight Pacific time, you’ll be able to stream it and purchase the track on Bandcamp too if you want to show us some (contactless) love in these dire times. We’ll also be hawking a limited edition T-shirt, so you can look good while you’re hanging out at home with your cats. For those of you who pre-ordered ITA vinyl, you’ll get a digital download of the new track, and we’re still on track to ship out your vinyl by the end of March, barring any further apocalyptic scenarios. By popular demand, we’re also re-opening sales for the limited edition ITA vinyl and t-shirt. Mexico & Houston we’ll get to you, we promise! We’re actively working on rescheduling those shows and you’ll be hearing from us very soon. You can get the most up-to-date info by signing up for our mailing list. You can find everything you need to listen/buy/sign-up at the link in our bio. Stay healthy everyone, and don’t forget to spritz your mitts! love, MGMT
Listen to “As You Move Through The World” above.