MGMT, easily the weirdest mainstream band in the English-speaking world, have their upcoming self-titled third album streaming for free exclusively on Rdio a week before the album's release date.
The new album is nearly certain to be polarizing, as MGMT have drifted far away from the radio-friendly electro-pop of 2008's Oracular Spectacular in favor of embracing their experimental side. Fans and critics alike won't be surprised, 2010's Congratulations was a hard turn into the avant-garde realm, and even the band themselves told Rolling Stone last month that "we're not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it," and "I don't even know if it's music we would want to listen to."
Those don't sound like ringing endorsements for a potential blockbuster album, but the band doesn't seem to have those expectations, at all. Keyboardist Ben Goldwasser also said, "So many musicians have this really commercial sensibility about everything. That makes me really disgusted."
Fans have already gotten a taste of MGMT's bizarreness, with recent performances on Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, where the band wore full-on scuba gear, and sang the psych-ditty "Plenty of Girls in the Sea" to a fish in a bowl.