Since 2007 I have been on a mission to find a song that sounds similar to MGMT’s “Electric Feel”. It has been a hell of a journey to find a band that produces such a funky sound. If you haven’t heard this song, be prepared to have an ear orgasm, peep.
I truly feel like Bruce Wayne when he was looking for an answer in that Batman Begins. All hope had diminished from my spirit. Electric Feel is a song that is full of funk, the drums and the guitar melody pretty much laid that out. This song always has my head bobbing so hard. The tone of Andrew’s voice is just right for the song. I liked the album version of the song because of this, even though I did understand why they did the video version in a different manner. It pretty much sounds like you should be at a roller rink in the 70’s with a pick in your fro getting busy on floor.
During my search for another indie rock song that would provoke such movement of the body I have come across plenty of songs that could get your head to bob. None have done so quite like Electric Feel. What disappoints me the most is that MGMT made Oracular Spectacular and they were able to spread that feel across a 10 song album but it was EXTREMELY hard to find an album from another band that could provide such consistency. I don’t want to downplay any band’s talent that is capable of producing good music but even though M83 was able to make “Midnight City” the rest of the album doesn’t sound anywhere remotely similar to that song. The same goes for Empire of the Sun, “Walking on a Dream” was a groovy track but maybe there was one other song on that same album that came close to giving you a feeling that was so nice to experience. Nine point 5 times out of 10 when you hear a sound in the indie genre and you are really feeling it to a point that you go to check out the album, I can guarantee that you will be disappointed in the product, an instant “WTF” moment in your life.
In my opinion there has only been two indie rock/pop albums since Oracular Spectacular to delivery unique singles and provide a solid and consistent album that those singles were on and that’s Miike Snow’s ‘Miike Snow‘ and Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs‘. If you enjoyed any of the singles off those albums you could listen to the whole album of either without skipping a track, well maybe the bullshit remixes at the end of Miike Snow’s album, but other than that 100% pure! I do have to note that none of the songs off the forementioned albums even match up to Electric Feel but at least the albums had songs that mostly stayed inline with the other songs. They did not sound like a mixtape, that sums it up. Most of these indie albums sound like mixtapes rather than full conceptual albums. This is why hip hop still remains my #1 favorite genre, with indie a close 2nd.
I have yet to give up hope, the pursuit will continue. One day I typed into the google search bar “what songs sound similar to MGMT’s Electric Feel” and the results were so disappointing. A bunch of people pretty much telling people to refer to songs by M83, Xx, Foster The People, Passion Pit and Phoenix. That’s disgraceful none of their songs give you that Electric Feel experience. I was also pissed off that people pretty much referred people to the big names and no one pointed out an up-and-coming band’s song. I thought about it and I probably couldn’t go outside of the realm either so I calmed down, but then I thought more and I answered one person’s request with one song that I thought maybe could be a contender for Electric Feel. Here’s the song that I recommended that they listen to…
N.E.R.D. – The Man
What do you think? Any other recommendations?