New Magnetic Fields Album Due in May
"Don't make me get all e.e. cummings on your ass."
[Updated Monday, February 2nd, 2004 03:30:00 Pitchfork Central Time]
Micah C. Harding reports:
Stephin Merritt and his Magnetic Fields will be joining the world of the
living again this May 4th, with the release of their first studio album in
over five years. The Field's newest conceptual endeavor, simply titled i,
will be released through Nonesuch.
69 Love Songs, the band's most recent (and greatest) stroke of conceptual
epiphany, hit at the end of the '90s-- providing a myriad of sound styles
and interpretations of love for all those willing to listen. "Asleep and
Dreaming," to this very day, still, on occasion, sometimes, brings a tear
to my eye. And the whimsical, lusty ferris wheel that is "Let's Pretend
We're Bunny Rabbits" remains indie rocks infallible anthem for drunken
animal suit lovemaking. With his distinct voice, songwriting abilities and
talented team to carry out his visions, Merritt has found himself a place
among the greatest in the indie canon.
The same foursome forming 69 Love Songs has returned for i; but Merritt,
for the first time ever, will sing all the songs himself (so long to
Claudia Gonson). A promotional tour is planned for spring/early summer.
Along with his work with the Magnetic Fields, Merritt is well known for his
collaborations with other artists, writing film soundtracks (most recently,
Pieces of April), and collaborative side project The 6ths. This year,
Merritt will undergo a second collaboration with the famed Chinese theatre
director Shi-Zheng Chen (their previous engagement being Chen's The Orphan
of Zhao). Now the two will join forces to create The Peach Blossom Fan,
which will premiere at the Red Cat Theater in Los Angeles this April.
.: Pitchfork Review: Stephin Merritt: Pieces of April
.: Pitchfork Review: Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs
.: Pitchfork News: New Magnetic Fields Songs to Appear on Soundtrack
.: Stephin Merritt: http://www.houseoftomorrow.com
.: Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com