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This isn’t, as you might expect, an ambient whitewash. It’s a dark, up-tempo number driven by a manic new wave bassline and piercing Hammond organs…
The initial basis for Brian Eno was recorded at 1:30am in MGMT’s home studio, although just how much of that late-night version made it onto the album is unclear.
What’s for sure is that, unlike anything else on Congratulations, Brian Eno pulsates with a raw urgency and what feels like heart-pumping terror.
The song rages through distorting guitars and organs to a clearing of ghostly synths and echoing vocals. The constantly breaking rhythm and overt reference to pop’s great experimenter provide more evidence that MGMT are bidding to escape the mainstream.