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Psychedelic pop-rockers MGMT immersed themselves in classic electronic and dance music during the recording of the band’s upcoming self-titled third album, tentatively slated for a June 2013 release.

“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it,” band member Ben Goldwasser told Rolling Stone about the upcoming full-length, the first since MGMT’s divisive sophomore release, Congratulations.

Where the group’s poppy debut, Oracular Spectacular, spawned such generation-defining singles as “Kids” and “Electric Feel,” Congratulations was a much more sprawling and ambitious affair, even recalling conceptual rock icons Pink Floyd on epic (and underrated) songs like “Siberian Breaks.”

“People thought we took too many drugs, which was not the case at all,” Goldwasser explained regarding the muted reaction to MGMT’s second album.

“We were less naive after Congratulations,” offered bandmate Andrew VanWyngarden.

Eschewing the full live band dynamic of Congratulations to make the third record with just the primary songwriting duo of Goldwasser and VanWyngarden, the pair mentioned mysterious electronic recording artist Aphex Twin and underground house music as major influences on the new material.

Songs titles include “Mystery Disease,” “Alien Days” and “Introspection,” the latter being a cover of obscure 1960s garage-rockers Faine Jade.  

The album was recorded in a cabin in the woods outside of Buffalo, NY, with co-producer Dave Friedman, who termed the sessions as “really strange.”

“We’ll get involved in what we’re doing,” Goldwasser surmised of the studio experience, “and the next thing we know, we’ve been improvising for five hours.”

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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