Single Review – MGMT – When You Die

MGMT: the masters of seemingly pleasant, quietly aggressive electronica. This rings true in new single When You Die, a discordant robotic tune filled with odd fx and tuning to make you squirm. The track itself is very bizarre, with angry lyrics spoken against a jarring backing track – apart from the gritty harmonies MGMT always conquer, it all just seems quite messily done, as though they found anything that only just about works together and crammed it into one track. Is it meant to be a metaphorical ‘the music speaks louder than the words’ scenario? Very possibly. But I don’t get it. It just sounds off.

Ellie Chivers

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