The Magnetic Fields
Perhaps best known for their 1999 triple album â69 Love Songsâ, which sold 130,000 units, The Magnetic Fields are led by New York Cityâs Stephin Merritt. Throughout February and March they tour America, including a four night residency for Merrittâs homecoming.
The music of The Magnetic Fields is based very much in that of the 1980âs, produced to purposely resemble the sound of pop during the decade. Grinding along with a slow psychedelic riff, âThree-Wayâ has a hypnotic rhythm that burrows deep into your head, while âCalifornia Girlsâ captures the essence of sun and surf despite being more vitriolic than its jolly tune would suggest. Not disguising its anguish at all, âIâll Dream Aloneâ is as sad as the title may suggest, but itâs not all doom and gloom. While the subject of turning to alcohol to mend a broken heart shouldnât be laughed at, âToo Drunk To Dreamâ is darkly humorous in how it paints the state of drunkenness to be a great way to forget about your problems.
Regularly featuring the vocal abilities of Claudia Gonson adds a new direction to The Magnetic Fields, no more so than on âDrive On, Driverâ in which she sounds extremely similar to Roxetteâs Marie Fredrikson. Trying their hand at a Christmas song, âMr Mistletoeâ is about the darker side to the season with Merritt doing a great Bing Crosby impression, while âPlease Stop Dancingâ is named with a hint of sarcasm as it features a very groovy bass. Throw that into the melting pot and the result is a record very much aimed at a niche market, but with bits of inspiration to make anyone sit up and take notice.
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