‘Hand It Over’ is a great example of what MGMT do best.
MGMT are best known for single-handedly attempting to bring back the parts of the 60s that involve hallucinating and wearing tie-dye t-shirts. Oh, and they also made ‘Kids’, which is currently sitting pretty at over 200 million Spotify plays.
New track ‘Hand It Over’ owes more to the former than the latter. It’s a 4-minute psychedelic slow burn, complete with spacey synths and a dreamlike vocal line that is at times reminiscent of the Beach Boys at their slowest and most introspective.
Similarly to the title track from the band’s second album ‘Congratulations’, ‘Hand It Over’ is an immersive, meandering song. As VanWyngarden’s final lines end and the backing vocals fade into the distance, you almost feel as if you’re just waking up from the haze of an afternoon nap, when nothing quite seems real.
‘Hand It Over’ is a great example of what MGMT do best: delving into the kaleidoscope of psychedelia without disappearing into the dull and self-congratulatory. Sure, you may feel like you’re hallucinating while wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, but it never feels like you’re in danger of a bad trip. Jake Hawkes