Blog #8

Music is one of the ways to express one’s self in different ways and show the character of a person. I personally love to express myself through music for many reasons. Music can always make me happy and depending on the different types of music, it can make you feel a certain way. Some music makes you happy, want to party, or some brings back memories of the past and the people in. My music style varies but my favorite band is MGMT. I started to enjoy them a year ago as a freshman in college when my friend introduced me to them. Their music caught my attraction because their songs are all happy, no matter what there isn’t a care in the world with their songs. The genre of their music is a guitar-electro type of music. They sing about dreaming and doing outrageous things. Their music videos are also amazing and are the most detailed videos I have ever seen. They are never realistic and for instance the “Electric Feel” takes place in another world that is magical where everyone is just care free. There are many different things going on in the scenes and possibly a lot of drugs but that is what they like.
MGMT first started in their hometown of Brooklyn, New York and signed in 2006 with Columbia records. They first were called the Management but then later shortened it to MGMT. The band consists of two people, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, they started out small but have become more and more popular to this day. They have had hits like “Electric Feel”, “Time to Pretend”, and “Kids”. They can be compared to The Flaming Lips and Scissor Sisters. One of their most prominent accomplishments is being ranked the 18th best album of the decade by Rolling Stones. Their music is somewhat controversial in the media because of their lyrics that reference to drugs and being a celebrity and doing whatever they want in the song Time to Pretend.
After I started listening to all of their music I started to like more of the music like that. More of the guitar-electro music like Passion Pit and music that is relaxing and happy. Although these songs do relate to drugs a lot it is all really catchy music that is never depressing. All of their music is around the same type of stuff but it never gets old. It is really interesting how they never run out of ideas and can come up with these crazy ideas that most people could never come up with but everyone finds it to be very interesting. Even the background music is different like “Kids” for instance has a really interesting background music of chinese music or something like that. I have been looking forward to hearing their next album come out and would love to be able to explore more of this type of genre and look into what their music really means. This type of music can be read in a more literal way rather than just stating the obvious like a rap song or a country song.

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