MGMT announces new live album, “11.11.11”

By Rocco Prioletti, Contributor

[Photo courtesy of Spotify]

Psychedelic-pop duo MGMT are set to release their live album,  11.11.11 on November 11. The record unveils forty-five minutes of brand-new unheard compositions that had been performed only once some eleven years ago. 

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The group’s effort had been commissioned specifically for surrealist artist Maurizio Cattelan’s retrospective exhibition “All”, which debuted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. In a promotional post, they described the record as, “Showcasing the band in a loose, hypnotic, and psychedelic form.” This will be their latest release since singles, “In The Afternoon” and “As You Move Through The World” nearly three years ago. 

Until now, only twenty minutes of the performance had been leaked online: unfinished in its grainy and low-fidelity recordings. “11.11.11” is taken directly from the original twenty-four track soundboard recordings, being mixed by both MGMT and David Fridmann, who produced both their debut and self-titled records among various others by their contemporaries, from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and Mogwai.

In a press-release anticipating their performance with Guggenheim, the band stated, “We’re creating a musical experience that works for the building, and for the construction and presentation of the Cattelan exhibition. The art exhibition is done in a completely original way, so it deserves music which is completely original. The Guggenheim performance won’t be a traditional MGMT show,” The exhibition, to which they accompanied, unconventionally hung Cattelan’s entire body of work: over 130 pieces of art, up to eight-stories high; spanning its subject matter to humorous takes on pop culture, history, religion and the self.

Pre-order MGMT’s “11.11.11” here.

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