After the crescendo that ends Flash Delirium, I Found A Whistle opens in suitably humble style.
Phasing organs and buzzing synths mingle with acoustic guitars, again sounding more like Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips than The Monochrome Set.
For all those getting a touch psyched out, I Found A Whistle is where MGMT deliciously blur the boundaries. Speaking to Spin magazine, Ben Goldwasser said that Congratulations was “like a soul record”.
While it’s difficult to detect the soul influences in all the defiant oddness elsewhere, in I Found A Whistle it comes to the fore. The song builds to a powerful climax, featuring booming drums, multiple harmonies and tinkling pianos.
If it wasn’t for the theremin this could be Percy Sledge. Really.