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The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields (named after the André Breton novel, Les Champs Magnétiques) is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is the group's primary songwriter, producer and vocalist, as well as frequent multi-instrumentalist. The Magnetic Fields is essentially a vehicle for Merritt's songwriting, along with various side-projects, such as The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes and The Gothic Archies. While the particular musical style of the band is usually as malleable as Merritt's songwriting, its songs are commonly attributed to pop genres and subgenres: synthpop, indi ...read more

The Magnetic Fields (named after the André Breton novel, Les Champs Magnétiques) is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. He is the group's primary songwriter, producer and vocalist, as well as frequent multi-instrumentalist. The Magnetic Fields is essentially a vehicle for Merritt's songwriting, along with various side-projects, such as The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes and The Gothic Archies. While the particular musical style of the band is usually as malleable as Merritt's songwriting, its songs are commonly attributed to pop genres and subgenres: synthpop, indie pop, and noise pop. The band is often also cited as being recognizable by Merrit's lyrics, often about love and often with irregular or neutral gender roles, that are by turns ironic, tongue-in-cheek, bitter, and humorous.

The band released their debut and best known single "100,000 Fireflies" in 1991, which was typical of the band's earlier career characterized by synthesized instrumentation by Merritt with lead vocals provided by Susan Anway (and then by Stephin Merrit himself from The House of Tomorrow EP onwards). A more traditional band later materialized, currently composed of Merritt, Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, and John Woo, with occasional guest vocals by Shirley Simms. Their best-known work is the 1999 three-volume concept album 69 Love Songs. It was followed in the succeeding years by a "no-synth" trilogy: i (2004), Distortion (2008), and Realism (2010). « hide

Similar Bands: Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies, The Microphones

LPs
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
03/05/2012

2.9
50 Votes
Realism
2010

3.1
44 Votes
Distortion
2007

3.3
51 Votes
i
2004

3.4
40 Votes
69 Love Songs
1999

4.2
203 Votes
Get Lost
1995

3.7
32 Votes
The Charm Of The Highway Strip
1994

3.8
42 Votes
Holiday
1994

4.1
59 Votes
The Wayward Bus
1992

3.6
34 Votes
Distant Plastic Trees
1991

3.4
30 Votes
EPs
The House Of Tomorrow
1992

3.9
9 Votes

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