New Magnetic Fields Album in March

The Magnetic Fields’ tenth full-length album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, will be released March 6th on Merge Records. It will be their first album of new material on Merge since 1999’s 69 Love Songs. They also announced several new tour dates for 2012, shown below.

Love at the Bottom of the Sea is reminiscent of The Magnetic Fields’ earlier material, touching on a mixture of synth and acoustic sounds showed on albums like The Charm of the Highway Strip and Get Lost. Their recent albums have been largely devoid of synths, so it’s a jump into a new yet familiar direction. “Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers,” frontman Stephin Merritt said.

None of the album’s songs are over three minutes long

01 God Wants Us to Wait
02 Andrew in Drag
03 Your Girlfriend’s Face
04 Born for Love
05 I’d Go Anywhere With Hugh
06 Infatuation (With Your Gyration)
07 The Only Boy in Town
08 The Machine in Your Hand
09 Goin’ Back to the Country
10 I’ve Run Away to Join the Fairies
11 The Horrible Party
12 My Husband’s Pied-a-Terre
13 I Don’t Like Your Tone
14 Quick!
15 All She Cares About Is Mariachi


[toggle title=”Magnetic Fields 2012 Tour Dates”]03-06 Hudson, NY – Helsinki Hudson
03-07 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03-08 New York, NY – Barnes and Noble [Stephin Merritt solo]
03-11 Minehead, England – All Tomorrow’s Parties
03-14-16 Austin, TX  – SXSW
03-18 Vancouver, Bristish Columbia – The Vogue
03-19-20 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
03-21 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03-23 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theater
03-24 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
03-26-27 Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
03-28 Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre/Mission Creek Festival
03-30 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy
03-31 Montreal, Quebec – Le National
04-03 New York, NY – Beacon Theater
04-06-07 Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
04-09 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
04-11-12 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04-13 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
04-24 Brighton, England – Komedia
04-25 London, England – Royal Festival Hall
04-27 Manchester, England – RNCM
04-28 Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
04-29 Cork, Ireland – Opera House
05-01 Porto, Portugal – TBD
05-02 Lisbon, Portugal – TBD
05-09 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
05-11 Gothenburg, Sweden – Annedalskyrkan
05-12 Stockholm, Sweden – Filadelfiakyrkan
05-14 Berlin, Germany – Passionskirche
05-15 Hamburg, Germany – Kampnagel k6
05-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands – De Duif


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