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Pieces of April [Soundtrack]

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  • Stephin Merritt, Magnetic Fields Documentary "Strange Powers" Now on DVD

    Strange Powers, the documentary that offers an intimate portrait of Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, is now available on DVD. Special features include previously unreleased deleted scenes of the band in the studio, on tour, and backstage; official music videos; the official film trailer; and a commentary track with Merritt and band member Claudia Gonson. The New York Daily News gives the film four stars, calling Merritt "one of the greatest American songwriters to emerge in the last two decades."

  • Stephin Merritt, Magnetic Fields Documentary, "Strange Powers," Opens in Theaters

    The new documentary feature Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, receives its North American theatrical release at the Film Forum in New York City tonight; the band and the filmmakers will attend. A new Magnetic Fields exhibition opens at Other Music in Manhattan as well. In the coming months, the film will open theaters in Toronto and in cities across the US, including Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Seattle.

About this Album

Stephin Merritt offers four previously unreleased Magnetic Fields tracks and the specially written “One April Day” on the soundtrack to Peter Hedge’s acclaimed 2003 film Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, and Patricia Clarkson. Like Merritt’s songs, the film deftly balances humor and pathos. The Independent (UK) praised Merritt’s “exquisite, finely-rendered adult pop.”


Stephin Merritt
Katharine Whalen, vocals (10)
Dudley Klute, vocals (9)
Momus, vocals (2)
Sam Davol, cello
John Woo, guitar
Claudia Gonson, drums, piano, background vocals
Ida Pearle, violin
Brian Dewan, zither

Tracks 1, 3, 8 mixed by Tom Lazarus at Classic Sound, New York City
Additional engineering: Ravi Krishnaswami at Sacred Noise, New York City, and Charles Newman at Mother West, New York City
Mastering: Jeff Lipton at Peerless, Boston

All songs written by Stephin Merritt

Design: Evan Gaffney Design

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