Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: MGMT – Siberian Breaks


295 – MGMT – Siberian Breaks (2010)
Written by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser
Produced by Sonic Boom and MGMT
Label – Columbia

Drifting in as a gentle guitar ballad, the addition of Jennifer Herrema’s backing vocals to the first chorus adds a west coast Mama’s & The Papa’s feel. The song then trips into a spoken word Syd Barrett styled psych oddity that concludes in a beautifully sweet synth instrumental and then returns full circle to its intro with added swirling keyboard effects. It’s a monumental achievement, a song that’s a brimful of innovation; progressive mystery that retains an underlying pop character that’s hard to resist.

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