MGMT salute 90’s alternative icons in ‘Bubblegum Dog’ music video, Loss Of Life LP out 23 Feb 2024 via Mom+Pop Music

November 30 2023

Loss Of Life LP
February 23 via Mom+Pop Music

1. Loss Of Life (part 2)
2. Mother Nature
3. Dancing In Babylon (featuring Christine and the Queens)
4. People In The Streets
5. Bubblegum Dog
6. Nothing To Declare
7. Nothing Changes
8. Phradie’s Song
9. I Wish I Was Joking
10. Loss Of Life

‘Bubblegum Dog’ is out now, buy/stream here.

MGMT have today released ‘Bubblegum Dog’, the second single from their upcoming album Loss Of Lifeout on February 23rd, 2024 via Mom+Pop Music. LISTEN + WATCH HERE + PRE-ORDER LP HERE.

The accompanying video, directed by Julia Vickerman and writer/director/The Best Show co-host Tom Scharpling, finds MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser paying tribute to numerous scenes from classic ‘90s alternative videos. “We all saw the video for “Bubblegum Dog” as an opportunity to combine the charming, DIY, surreal, cardboard craft aesthetic of shows like Yo Gabba Gabba and The Mighty Boosh with these ultra-serious grunge videos we grew up watching on MTV –  all that heavy, brooding angst smashed up against absurd childlike fun,” Vickerman and Scharpling say.

“Ben and Andrew are legitimately funny guys, so we were excited they got to really go for it with their acting, paying homage to the eternally moody mid-90’s rock stars they looked up to when they were kids,” they continue. “They were completely game for everything, playing around with different wigs/costumes/personas/facial hair and continually chiming in with new ideas along the way. That was a wonderful feeling, because it let us know they were having a good time. For the climax of the video, they let us shoot gallons of pink slime at their faces, which we appreciated. Ben got quite a bit in his mouth, which was unintentional… but he thought it was funny, so then we were allowed to think it was funny.”

Loss Of Life is the long-awaited follow-up to 2018’s Little Dark Age. VanWyngarden and Goldwasserproduced the 10-track project with Patrick Wimberly (Solange, Lil Yachty, Joji). Longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Spoon) mixed the album as he has done on the group’s past four full-lengths. Christine and the Queens appear on the song ‘Dancing In Babylon’ – the first-ever feature on an MGMTalbum, which has additional production supplied by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and James Richardson. Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) also provides additional production on ‘Mother Nature‘ and Miles A. Robinson served as associate producer and engineer across the album.

The ‘Bubblegum Dog‘ video follows the stunning, 2n-produced animated video for ‘Mother Nature‘, which was directed by longtime collaborator Jordan Fish. The themes of Loss Of Life will be further explored through future videos made by a remarkable roster of writers, producers and directors. “All joking aside (never!), we are very proud of this album and the fact that it was a relatively painless birth after a lengthy gestation period, and are happy to be releasing this baby into the world with Mom + Pop,” MGMT says. “Musically speaking, we are running at around 20% adult contemporary and no more than this, please.”