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Returning to the UK in support of their upcoming album release Realism (Nonesuch, Jan 25 2010), The Magnetic Fields is the brainchild of composer/multi instrumentalist/bubblegum purist Stephin Merritt.
Mixing orch-pop, inky black humour and anguished romanticism, their intricate wry lyrics and pop melodies have won them cult status. This, their ninth album is the follow-up to 2008’s Distortion, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as ‘One of the best records of [their] career.’ Whereas Distortion was an album of power-pop songs with heavily distorted guitars, in homage to the Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy, Realism finds front man and songwriter Stephin Merritt drawing inspiration from late 1960s/early 70s orchestral and psychedelic folk. Realism’s all-acoustic recording line up featured no electronic instruments, and used untraditional percussion instruments, ranging from tabla to tree leaves.
'Ardently inventive...a musical genius.' NME on Stephen Merritt
‘Stephin Merritt is one of indie-rock’s most acclaimed figures.’ Los Angeles Times
‘Merritt is the photofit musical genius. Relentlessly prolific, acerbically witty and ardently inventive.’ NME
‘Merritt’s rare talent makes him a master of the modern pop song.’ Independent On Sunday
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