New MGMT Album, Little Dark Age, In February

Sometimes I come across some news that has eluded me for a while, and I get quite surprised. This is especially true when the news I missed is about a band I completely enjoy. In this case I’m talking about MGMT. Our last encounter with MGMT was with the self-titled third album released back in 2013. Their beginning with Oracular Spectacular effortlessly put them on the charts in nearly every global corner. Their follow-up, Congratulations (2010), performed even better.

On February 9, Columbia Records will release the fourth set from MGMT, Little Dark Age. It will contain ten new songs. If the released single, the title track of “Little Dark Age” is any indication, well…the new album is going to be just what fans want! An extensive tour is already inked and ready to roll in Berlin on January 30, ending in Milano, Italy at the Milano Summer Festival on July 17.

Little Dark Age will be released on CD and on 2LP (on 180g-weigh black vinyl in a gatefold jacket, along with DD rights), and in DD format.

Shades of the brilliant 1980s!

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01 – She Works Out Too Much
02 – Little Dark Age
03 – When You Die
04 – Me And Michael
05 – TSLAMP
06 – James
07 – Days That Got Away
08 – One Thing Left To Try
09 – When You’re Small
10 – Hand It Over

New Debut Album by Mien (The Black Angels/Elephant Stone/Earlies/The Horrors Collaboration)

Psychedelic Rock has made a resurgence in popularity over these past few years. There are, of course, plenty of Rock bands currently revisiting that ancient but much loved genre from back in the late ’60s. Often, they help to broaden the sound and heighten the experience. There are even festivals put together to showcase many of them in a single locale.

One of those bands is a personal favorite of mine, The Black Angels. Their last release was the excellent Death Song, issued in 2017. But they’re not alone in this genre. You merely have to put in a search term into Google to be rewarded with a wealth of experimentation. (I suggest it!)

As bands take a bit of time off from their recent releases and after the touring has died down, some of the more restless seek other means of output. Alex Maas (The Black Angels) has teamed with Tom Furse (The Horrors), Rishi Dhir (Elephone Stone), and John-Mark Lapham (The Earlies) have started an interim band being called Mien, a word which means ‘a person’s look or manner, a particular kind indicating their character or mood’.

Mien has recorded an album, with just Mien as the go to reference for the title. The new album is scheduled for release by Rocket Recordings on April 6. Mien is planned for issue on CD (housed in a gatefold mini-LP styled jacket, with booklet enclosed), hi-quality FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV, and AIFF digital format, and split RED and transparent ORANGE vinyl LP.

For more information of to keep track, go to their Bandcamp page (to pre-order), or to their Facebook page. Their website (with store for CD and LP, tee bundles) is here.

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01 – Earth Moon
02 – Black Habit
03 – (I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting
04 – You Dreamt
05 – Other
06 – Hocus Pocus
07 – Ropes
08 – Echolalia
09 – Odessey
10 – Earth Moon (Reprise)

You can listen to the album’s first single, “Black Habit” below: