After three albums released on Nonesuch Records as part of their "no synth" trilogy, The Magnetic Fields are going back where they came from.
On March 6 the New York outfit will release Love at the Bottom of the Sea via Merge Records, who gave the world the first Fields album Distant Plastic Trees 20 years ago. Sea is also said to feature a return to the synthesizer and acoustic guitar mix of albums like The Charm of the Highway Strip, with each clocking in at under three minutes.
But even though their label situation and sonic templates have been shaken up recently, one look at the Sea track list makes it clear that songwriter Stephen Merritt's wit remains as dry as the Sahara. Can't wait to hear " All She Cares About Is Mariachi."
And speaking of returns (transitions!), the Magnetic Fields will hit the road for the first time in a while this spring, and will stop at the Beacon Theatre on April 3 and 4. They will also drop by Barnes and Noble on March 8.
Also, record collector types will be psyched to learn that fans who pre-order Sea at the Merge Records store will get a limited-edition eggshell-colored vinyl. Free signed poster and Magnetic Fields button to the first 100 customers!
Love at the Bottom of the Sea
1. God Wants Us to Wait
2. Andrew in Drag
3. Your Girlfriend’s Face
4. Born for Love
5. I’d Go Anywhere With Hugh
6. Infatuation (With Your Gyration)
7. The Only Boy in Town
8. The Machine in Your Hand
9. Goin’ Back to the Country
10. I’ve Run Away to Join the Fairies
11. The Horrible Party
12. My Husband’s Pied-a-Terre
13. I Don’t Like Your Tone
15. All She Cares About Is Mariachi