Time to Pretend
Love Always Remains
MGMT’s Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden are clearly gifted musicians with an uncanny knack for streamlining the sometimes bewildering musical burblings of the independent underground into admirably intelligent, radio ready pop. MGMT’s 2005 EP Time To Pretend, was recorded while the pair were students at Wesleyan University and proves definitively that this precocious duo are no mere major label pawns. If anything the more synth-driven, less rock-oriented aesthetic of Time to Pretend suits the duos knowing pop songs better than the sometimes ostentatious production of Oracular Spectacular. Two of the songs here, “Time to Pretend” and the nostalgic ode to childhood innocence “Kids” would appear on Oracular Spectacular in more polished form, but the scrappy, invigorating versions of these songs assayed here are hardly redundant.