Behind The Release: The Magnetic Fields’ Love at the Bottom of the Sea

On March 6th, The Magnetic Fields are slated to release Love at the Bottom of the Sea. It will be a return to form for the band and for their primary member, the absurdist songwriter and Morrissey-sound-alike Stephin Merritt.

After releasing 1999’s critically acclaimed 69 Love Songs, Merritt decided to abandon the drum machines and synthesizers that had been such a key part of the The Magnetic Field’s sound, and started to set his often-comic, sometimes-maudlin, and always-deadpan performances to a backdrop of exclusively acoustic instruments instead.

With Love at the Bottom of the Sea, the synths are back, and the production sounds more streamlined than ever before. As always, the main attraction remains Merritt’s unmistakable two-and-a-half minute wry pop gems.

We talked to longtime Magnetic Fields engineer Charles Newman about what’s like to work with a songwriter who’s known for self-recording, and for a personal style that earns him regular comparisons to Eyeore…

Read more about recording Magnetic Fields at SonicScoop.

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