Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Kerthy Fix & Gail O Hara
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About the Film
Ten years in the making, STRANGE POWERS is an intimate documentary portrait of songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band The Magnetic Fields. With his unique gift for memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings that blend classic Tin Pan Alley with modern sounds, Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pops most beloved and influential artists. Both a prolific recording artist and composer of theater and film scores, he performs most famously as the Magnetic Fields, whose 1999 three-disc opus 69 Love Songs is widely considered a masterpiece of traditional song craft and irresistible synthpop. STRANGE POWERS explores Merritts songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and his longtime manager, Claudia Gonson, revealing an artist who has produced one of the most engaging and confounding bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.