Throw Your Geology Books Away!


A young VanWyngarden on the right

A young VanWyngarden on the right

Some very interesting (old) new music has surfaced from one half of 2008 spotlight stealers MGMT. Andrew VanWyngarden, while attending Wesleyan University, had a class called Earth & Earth Sciences and he certainly did his very best to use his musical talents to pass the class. For some sort of presentation on the magical world of volcanoes, VanWyngarden wrote and performed a song called “Super Volcano” that sounds almost identical to some of the earlier MGMT releases out there; It’s easy to see how MGMT finally came about because this track exemplifies much of what they’re all about: over-the-top synths, floaty and imaginative vocals, and some hilarious (yet informative) lyrics. See the hilarious video for “The Youth” directed by none other than Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Great Awesome Show Great Job! fame below.

The track, considering its for an environmental science course, is surprisingly better than expected. It’s obviously nothing that would have made an album cut, but it makes for a delightful B-Side for a band that’s been all over the map this year. To be quite honest, the song sounds quite familiar of some older Of Montreal tracks, say…Satanic Panic era Kevin Barnes. If you fall head over heels in love with this cut though, you can find more from VanWyngarden and his first take a two man band called Glitter Penis here.

Now if only the burning hot lava from the super volcano could come and rescue all of us stuck in the miserable weather this week in Minnesota. It’s effing -35 right now!! anyway, ENJOY!

mp3: Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT) – “Super Volcano”

3 Responses to “Throw Your Geology Books Away!”

  1. I love that super volcano track, Andrew was and still is very talented indeed :)
    I read Andrew is gonna do mixes or produce/write or collaborate with other artists too, maybe they’re rumors but it would be awesome! that’s what all the talented musicians seem to be doing! :) I read something bout Chairlift (the singer is a girl who’s like friends with him), her name is Caroline Polachk or something like that. Then Ladyhawke, (she’s a singer) was gonna write or remix some stuff with him. Then I read Fabiola Gatti (his girlfriend, she’s also a singer) was doing something with him or has done. Also Justice, they’re french, although I think they’ve already done a mix maybe they’ll do some more… mmmwho else, oh yeah Empire of the sun and The chemical brothers also wanted to collaborate on something, then I read about this other folky singer I don’t remember the name he’s in a band from NY. I think Mgmt are amazing and the whole Andrew/Ben formula works amazingly but it will be awesome to see Andrew doing other things musically and showing off his talent in different ways ;) Can’t wait!

  2. Does anyone have the lyrics to this song?
    Thank you for posting them here as a response.

  3. lol lots of of the feedback many people submit are a little out there, commonly i wonder if they in fact read the content pages and items before writing a comment or whether they simply just read the subject of the blog post and post the very first thing that one thinks of. nevertheless, it is really pleasing to look over keen commentary now and then in contrast to the identical, classic post vomit which i generally observe on the internet i’m going to play a few hands of facebook poker hasta la vista

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