The Magnetic Fields – All She Cares about is Mariachi – LP: Love at the Bottom of the Sea (2012)
Love at the Bottom of the Sea is an album by The Magnetic Fields. It was released on March 5, 2012 by Domino Records in the UK and March 6, 2012
by Merge Records in the US.
The album was recorded by Stephin Merritt and Charles Newman at Bell Tree (LA); Mother West, Serious Business Records, Dubway Studios (all NYC); and Tiny Telephone (SF).
It is the band’s first release with Merge since 1999’s 69 Love Songs. After releasing three albums relatively free of synthesizers as part of a “no-synth trilogy” (2004’s i, 2008’s Distortion, and 2010s Realism), Love at the Bottom of the Sea features the blend of acoustic and
synthesized instruments that the band was known for in the 90’s.
Stephin Merritt claims he took a fresh approach with the instrumentation, stating “Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers.”
All of the tracks on the album are less than three minutes long.
The Magnetic Fields will be releasing a new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, on March 6, 2012, on Merge Records in North America, and Domino Records overseas. The band’s tenth full-length album is their first release of new material with Merge since 1999’s highly acclaimed 69 Love Songs. The band will celebrate their new album with tours through North America and Europe. Please visit the calendar for full ticket purchasing information.
Merritt notes about the new album that “instead of using a synthesizer as a melodic instrument, much of the time I used it as a compositional destructive mechanism, something eating away at the apparent order of my perfectionist arrangements. I was very happy to be using synthesizers in ways that I had not done before. Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers.”
The songs – none over three minutes long – were recorded with Merritt’s usual cast of collaborators: Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, John Woo, Shirley Simms, Johny Blood and Daniel Handler.
There will be a limited-edition eggshell-colored vinyl available exclusively to those who pre-order the album at the Merge Records Store. The first 100 people who order the album from Merge will receive a free signed poster and a Magnetic Fields button.
- God Wants Us to Wait
- Andrew in Drag
- Your Girlfriend’s Face
- Born for Love
- I’d Go Anywhere with Hugh
- Infatuation (with your gyration)
- Only Boy in Town
- The Machine in Your Hand
- Goin’ Back to the Country
- I’ve Run Away to Join the Fairies
- The Horrible Party
- My Husband’s Pied a Terre
- I Don’t Link Your Tone
- All She Cares About Is Mariachi
De Duif, Amsterdam – MEI WO 16, THE MAGNETIC FIELDS (INDIESTAD)
VOORPROGRAMMA: AMOR DE DIAS – LOCATIE: DE DUIF
VOORPROGRAMMA 20.15 UUR
ZAAL OPEN 20.00 UUR
ENTREE 20 – INCL. DAGLIDMAATSCHAP
Paradiso presenteert The Magnetic Fields in De Duif, Prinsengracht 756, Amsterdam. Dit programma maakt deel uit van Indiestad.
The Magnetic Fields brengt in maart het nieuwe album ‘Love at the Bottom of the Sea’ uit, het eerste nieuwe werk van de band sinds het drieluik ’69 Love Songs’ uit 1999. De band haalt de synthesizers weer uit de kast; iets wat ze op de laatst genoemde trilogie juist hebben geweigerd. Hierdoor is het authentieke, vertrouwde synthpopgeluid van The Magnetic Fields weer te horen. Het brein achter de toegankelijke en rijke indierock, Stephen Merritt, kiest wederom voor korte maar gevatte liedjes met een subtiel laagje humor. Ieder nummer is verrassend op zijn eigen manier, doordat Merritt af en toe afdwaalt naar noise-pop en zeer avontuurlijke folk.