It’s been a few years since we last heard from MGMT, as their last new material was their self-titled album in 2013. The duo is ready for a comeback, though, since they teased an upcoming fourth album in May, when they tweeted, “Fine tuning in the studio, last few days of mixing!” They also shared a photo in June of a mastered copy of the new album on CD, and last week, they teased ten seconds of a new song called “Little Dark Age.”
They’ve previously played the track live a few times, first at the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival earlier this year. To build even more anticipation, they shared the song’s lyrics a few days ago, and now, it’s finally here: The band premiered the song, which is the title track of their upcoming album, on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Apple Radio show today. Listen to it, and their interview with Lowe, above.
The punchy, electronic-leaning song feels like something of a return to the psychedelic vibes of the band’s early work, albeit in a darker and more synth-heavy way. Andrew VanWyngarden sings on the chorus:
“I grieve in stereo
The stereo sounds strange
I know that if you hide
It doesn’t go away
If you get out of bed
And find me standing all alone
Burn the page
My little dark age”
Listen to “Little Dark Age” above.