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  • The Magnetic Fields have released "Kraftwerk in a Blackout," a new song from their forthcoming album, Quickies, due in May. Quickies features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. You can download "Kraftwerk in a Blackout" now when you pre-order the album, and watch the video, by Robert Edridge-Waks, here.

  • The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies will be released on Nonesuch on May 29, 2020. The five 7" vinyl box set features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. Preorder in the Nonesuch Store to download "The Day the Politicians Died" (the video for which can be seen here) now and get an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merritt. The Magnetic Fields celebrate the new release with residencies at City Winery venues across the US, June 1–July 1.

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    The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies will be released on Nonesuch Records on May 29, 2020. The five 7" vinyl box set features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. Preorders of the vinyl box set, also on a single CD, are available now in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of "The Day the Politicians Died" and "Kraftwerk in a Blackout," the videos for which can be seen below. The digital album will be released on May 15. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merritt.

    Merritt explains his thinking behind the Quickies concept: “I’ve been reading a lot of very short fiction, and I enjoyed writing 101 Two-Letter Words, the poetry book about the shortest words you can use in Scrabble. And I’ve been listening to a lot of French baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor. So I’ve been thinking about one instrument at a time, playing for about a minute or so and then stopping, and I’ve been thinking of narratives that are only a few lines long.

    “Also, I had been using a lot of small notebooks, so when I reach the bottom of the page, I’ve only gone a short way. Now that I’m working on a different album, I’m enforcing a large notebook rule so that I don’t do Quickies twice in a row.”

    Quickies features Merritt and other Magnetic Fields band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo. They are joined by longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman.

    To date, Stephin Merritt has written and recorded twelve Magnetic Fields albums, including the beloved 69 Love Songs and the 2017 critically acclaimed Nonesuch box set, 50 Song Memoir, which chronicled the first fifty years of the songwriter’s life with one song per year. New York magazine called the box set “a celebration of Merritt’s sky-high range as a writer and a player, through the exploration of the circumstances that helped cultivate it … a delightful flip through the untold back pages of one of rock’s most singular voices, and, all in all, the best damned Magnetic Fields album in the last ten years.” Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Stephin Merritt, ARP Axxe, Veillette Avante, banjoleles, cigar box ukulele, electric guitar, Mellotron, Moog instruments, Octave Cat, unprogrammed drum machines
    Sam Davol, wine box cello, Infinite Jets
    Chris Ewen, prepared piano, Mellotron
    Claudia Gonson, vocals, one-hand piano, cigar box percussion
    Benny Grotto, Optigan percussion
    Daniel Handler, accordion, celeste
    Shirley Simms, vocals, three-chord autoharp, Omnichord
    Pinky Weitzman, cigar box violin, Stroh violin
    John Woo, unamplified electric guitar, cigar box guitar

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recorded at:
    Cottage Sounds, Brooklyn, NY, by Charles Newman
    Decibelle, San Francisco, CA, by Cody Hamilton
    Mad Oak, Boston, MA, by Benny Grotto
    Mixed with Charles Newman at Cottage Sounds
    Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless, Newton, MA

    Design: Evan Gaffney
    Photography: Stephin Merritt, Shirley Simms

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on February 12, 2020 - 4:40pm
Release Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2020 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies five 7" vinyl box set is twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds, performed by Merritt and band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo, along with longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman. "Pop’s pithiest songwriter strikes again," says Uncut; "28 delightfully barbed Merritt miniatures." Also available on a single CD. Pre-order in the Nonesuch Store to download two tracks now and get an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merritt.

Description: 

The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies will be released on Nonesuch Records on May 29, 2020. The five 7" vinyl box set features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. Preorders of the vinyl box set, also on a single CD, are available now in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of "The Day the Politicians Died" and "Kraftwerk in a Blackout," the videos for which can be seen below. The digital album will be released on May 15. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merritt.

Merritt explains his thinking behind the Quickies concept: “I’ve been reading a lot of very short fiction, and I enjoyed writing 101 Two-Letter Words, the poetry book about the shortest words you can use in Scrabble. And I’ve been listening to a lot of French baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor. So I’ve been thinking about one instrument at a time, playing for about a minute or so and then stopping, and I’ve been thinking of narratives that are only a few lines long.

“Also, I had been using a lot of small notebooks, so when I reach the bottom of the page, I’ve only gone a short way. Now that I’m working on a different album, I’m enforcing a large notebook rule so that I don’t do Quickies twice in a row.”

Quickies features Merritt and other Magnetic Fields band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo. They are joined by longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman.

To date, Stephin Merritt has written and recorded twelve Magnetic Fields albums, including the beloved 69 Love Songs and the 2017 critically acclaimed Nonesuch box set, 50 Song Memoir, which chronicled the first fifty years of the songwriter’s life with one song per year. New York magazine called the box set “a celebration of Merritt’s sky-high range as a writer and a player, through the exploration of the circumstances that helped cultivate it … a delightful flip through the untold back pages of one of rock’s most singular voices, and, all in all, the best damned Magnetic Fields album in the last ten years.” Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded at:
Cottage Sounds, Brooklyn, NY, by Charles Newman
Decibelle, San Francisco, CA, by Cody Hamilton
Mad Oak, Boston, MA, by Benny Grotto
Mixed with Charles Newman at Cottage Sounds
Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless, Newton, MA

Design: Evan Gaffney
Photography: Stephin Merritt, Shirley Simms

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

625110

ns_album_releasedate: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 16:30
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
5-EP 7" Vinyl Box Set + Print
UPC: 
075597922035
Price: 
38.00
Label: 
CD+MP3+Print
UPC: 
075597920550
Price: 
14.00
Artist Name: 
The Magnetic Fields
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Stephin Merritt, ARP Axxe, Veillette Avante, banjoleles, cigar box ukulele, electric guitar, Mellotron, Moog instruments, Octave Cat, unprogrammed drum machines
Sam Davol, wine box cello, Infinite Jets
Chris Ewen, prepared piano, Mellotron
Claudia Gonson, vocals, one-hand piano, cigar box percussion
Benny Grotto, Optigan percussion
Daniel Handler, accordion, celeste
Shirley Simms, vocals, three-chord autoharp, Omnichord
Pinky Weitzman, cigar box violin, Stroh violin
John Woo, unamplified electric guitar, cigar box guitar

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