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Pieces of April [Soundtrack]

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  • When Stephin Merritt was in Chicago last month during the Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir tour stops at Thalia Hall, he visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for a public conversation about the new album with Pitchfork's Marc Hogan for the In Sight Out arts and culture series. You can hear the conversation here. The Magnetic Fields perform all 50 songs from the new album at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona in June and on tour in the UK and Ireland in late August.

  • The Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir, chronicling the 50 years of songwriter Stephin Merritt's life with one song per year, is due March 10, 2017, on Nonesuch. Merritt sings vocals on all 50 songs and plays more than 100 instruments, from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus. Unlike his previous work, the lyrics are nonfiction—a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis). Available in five-LP and five-CD editions including an extensive interview by Daniel Handler and facsimile handwritten lyrics by Merritt, and as a standalone bound book with a full-album download card. Pre-order to download one song from each decade now. For a limited time, Nonesuch Store pre-orders also come with an exclusive autographed print.

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    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.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    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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Tuesday, November 4, 2003 - 05:00
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Stephin Merritt offers four previously unreleased Magnetic Fields tracks and the specially written “One April Day” on the soundtrack to Peter Hedge’s acclaimed film, which, like Merritt’s songs, deftly balances humor and pathos. The Independent (UK) praised Merritt’s “exquisite, finely-rendered adult pop.”

Description: 

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.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
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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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79860

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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MUSICIANS
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

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