Creative Review New Music
There’s a reason why Purple Revolver never leave town – ever – and that reason can be found within MGMT’s new video for Flash Delirium.
Basically, if you’re gonna go cuss off somewhere for a few months, or cuss forbid, a few years and then decide to return home, some rotter somewhere is gonna decide to throw you a Welcome Home party. And you know how those sort of shindigs go. A few too many drinks, a nice Sayers cake, and all the freaks you were trying to get away from in the first place clasping themselves against you weepingly declaring how much they’ve missed you.
Flash Delirium is just like this. But worse. Kind of like a Wes Anderson presents episode of The Twilight Zone, in which two young, misunderstood quasi-hipsters go back home to make peace with their eccentric, mansion housed family only to get drawn into a…Hell, I don’t even know what you’d call that puppet infested, phallic throat bursting, rudo-slot machine cult.
It all dissolves into a kind of Black Hole Sun style near Satanic gale force dance off and ends on the screeching of an unseen pig. Obviously.
Who knows what they’re getting at with all this deliciously dark nonsense, but it’s so brain badgering and ugly-spectacular that we can’t help but love it.
And as for the song, well, truth is we can’t actually remember much of it. Except that it’s very ambitious and very mixed up. It jumps dramatically between sounding like bland, lifeless filler to then bearing similarities to the kind of grossly hypnotic, jive-manipulative, Summer alterna-pop fodder which made everyone play their last album to the over-used, shapeless hooker corpse it became.
Err…yeah. Have a watch for yourself. But seriously avoid if you have a fear of any of the following: Puppets. Clowns. Hipsters. Confetti. Visual, super rude euphemisms. Rich people. Dancing. Wounds that can talk.
Safe? Safe. Welcome home.
Congratulations by MGMT is released Monday 12 April.
OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.whoismgmt.com/
FLASH DELIRIUM on LASTFM: http://www.last.fm/music/MGMT/_/Flash+Delirium