“Congratulations” is the fourth single released from the album Congratulations by MGMT, released as a music video on August 25, 2010. Congratulations, the album, is the second major label studio album by MGMT, released on April 13, 2010. MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden in 2005 in Middletown, Connecticut.
“Congratulations” has a very unique sound to it, with its video being one of the weirdest and “fantastic” videos I have ever seen!
The video for “Congratulations” shows two men, depicted by the two lead members of the band (Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser), walking through the desert with a strange four-legged creature that some have described as a “sad-eyed Duck-dog-o-saurus”. Throughout the video, the creature gradually falls apart, losing a leg and then its beak, each body part sinking into the sand. As the creature is falling apart, the character depicted by VanWyngarden attempts to comfort it. Towards the end of the video, the creature tumbles down a sand dune and falls completely apart. The two pick up what is left of the creature, and as dusk settles in, they come upon a portal-like structure. Just before reaching the structure, one of the creature’s eyes falls off and sinks into the sand. From the sand, a cluster of lights rises towards the sky, blending with the stars, and shimmering in tune to the music. The songs ends with the two men (VanWyngarden’s character now wearing sunglasses) looking up to the sky and applauding.
The video was filmed on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and was directed by Tom Kuntz and edited by Steve Gandolfi. The creature was created by Legacy Effects.