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Editors’ Notes

The Magnetic Fields return to their electropop roots (and their former home at Merge Records) for their 10th studio release, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Fifteen short, synth-soaked songs in 34 minutes show off Stephin Merritt’s wordplay, wit, and gift for arrangement. Delivered in his distinctive sleepy deadpan manner, along with some quirky leads by Shirley Simms, these meditations on love and lust are catchy (“Quick!”), droll (“God Wants Us to Wait,” “Andrew in Drag”), dark (“You’re Girlfriend’s Face”), and goofy (“Goin’ Back to the Country,” “All She Cares About Is Mariachi”). In many ways, this is classic Magnetic Fields. Scratchy textures, skittering rhythms, and synthesizers have replaced the guitars that dominated the past three releases, yet it seems like a natural progression. Love will surely please old fans.

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Huge MF, Merritt, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, fan. If you are too, you'll love this album. I LOVE THE MAGNETIC FIELDS! I wish non-SXSW attendees could see them in Austin (this is why I cry). Get the album!


Just another solid album from one of the most consistent and best bands of our time.

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I don't know how he does it.


Formed: 1990 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Magnetic Fields may be a bona fide band, but in most essential respects they are the project of studio wunderkind Stephin Merritt, who writes, produces, and (generally) sings all of the material. Merritt also plays many of the instruments, concocting a sort of indie pop-synth rock. While the Magnetic Fields' albums draw upon the electronic textures of vintage acts like ABBA, Kraftwerk, Roxy Music with Eno, Joy Division, and Gary Numan, Merritt's vision is far more pointed toward the alternative...
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