Love at the Bottom of the Sea

The Magnetic Fields

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MRG439 | Release Date 2012

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Love at the Bottom of the Sea is The Magnetic Fields’ tenth full-length album, and is their first release of new material with Merge since 1999’s highly acclaimed 69 Love Songs.

After putting out three synthesizer-free albums, The Magnetic Fields are returning to the signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds they established in the 90s with Merge releases such as The Charm of the Highway Strip and Get Lost. Stephin Merritt has come back to synths with a fresh approach: “Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers,” he notes. The songs — none over three minutes long — were recorded in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York with Merritt’s usual cast of collaborators: Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, John Woo, Shirley Simms, Johny Blood and Daniel Handler.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play God Wants Us to Wait 02:06 $0.99 Buy
Play Andrew in Drag 02:13 $0.99 Buy
Play Your Girlfriend's Face 02:20 $0.99 Buy
Play Born for Love 02:39 $0.99 Buy
Play I'd Go Anywhere with Hugh 02:08 $0.99 Buy
Play Infatuation (With Your Gyration) 02:13 $0.99 Buy
Play The Only Boy in Town 02:35 $0.99 Buy
Play The Machine in Your Head 02:24 $0.99 Buy
Play Goin' Back to the Country 02:01 $0.99 Buy
Play I've Run Away to Join the Fairies 02:17 $0.99 Buy
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Play I Don't Like Your Tone 02:09 $0.99 Buy
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Play All She Cares About Is Mariachi 02:38 $0.99 Buy

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