He makes music that has been nominated for Grammys and sold millions of albums; MGMT concerts sell out overnight, around the globe.
His personal life is the fodder for tabloids, and he’s as well-known among Generation X’ers and Y’s in Hong Kong as he is in Helsinki.
From the outset, the record is easily the duo’s most commercial sounding creation in years. Van Wyngarden and Goldwasser have reverted to their faster, more instinctual songwriting roots, and come away with something that feels both personal and painfully indicative of the world in which it was created.
Perhaps that’s why the songs on , though, Van Wyngarden beautifully bridges the gap.
And at an age (28) when most of his former White Station High School classmates are still building their futures, Andrew’s is right now. I steel myself for amateur art that only a family member could love, and try to affix a facial expression that won’t get me fired.
And then Bruce hits “play,” and the MGMT song “Time to Pretend” announces out of the speakers.
Camille Rowe dated American Singer Andrew Van Wyngarden from 2012 to 2014.
Additionally, from 2015 to 2016, she was in a relationship with Cam Avery.
It starts with a simple guitar riff setting the pace; then a kind of maniacal calliope loop cranks up, a killer hook that has you tight before the percussion comes down and the synthesizer settles into a trippy gait.
Then Andrew’s voice sings, “I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw, I’m in the prime of my life.” About a musician on the precipice of mega-fame, “Time to Pretend” is a fun, funny, tragic affair.