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MGMT Team Up with Christine and the Queens for New Song 'Dancing in Babylon'

MGMT and Christine and the Queens have just dropped a new song called “Dancing in Babylon.” The song, taken from MGMT’s upcoming project Loss of Life, comes with a 1980s-esque video.

In a press release, Chris described having “always loved MGMT’s multiverse, their freedom and talent, their limpid songwriting and killer soundscapes.” He continued, “When they reached out for this power ballad, I was honored and also excited to dive into their dream, because I have the same all-encompassing approach with my work. I loved the backstory of the lyrics as well, and I work my lower register here more than usual. I felt invited into their cool movie, and I’m glad to be now a part of the galaxy. Let’s work on more love in the love galaxy.”

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MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser said, “Creating the ‘Dancing in Babylon’ video with Chris and Ray was a prodigious affair (love), requiring everyone involved to operate in six dimensions at once, all while simultaneously making a simple turkey sandwich with Dijon mustard. The sandwich that emerged is a cosmic mille-feuille that would be presentable in most high-end French diners.”

Ray Tintori, who shot the beloved “Time to Pretend,” “Electric Feel,” and “Kids” music videos, directed this new "Dancing in Babylon" video. Director and actor John Cameron Mitchell and English TV star Julian Morris also guest in the visual.

Loss of Life is out this Friday, February 23. “Dancing in Babylon” is the fourth single MGMT have released from the album, following “Mother Nature,” “Bubblegum Dog,” and “Nothing to Declare.” You can pre-order the record here.

Watch the video for "Dancing in Babylon" below.

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Article Image: Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT plays guitar during a concert, Chris of Christine and the Queens standing on stage while sparks fly behind him. (danisabella [CC BY-2.0] and Raph_PH [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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