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The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields


Years Active: 1990 to present

Genre: Indie pop

Country: United States


Stephin Merritt (guitar / ukulele / keyboards / harmonium / melodica / lead vocals)
Sam Davol (cello)
Claudia Gonson (percussion / piano / vocals)
John Woo (banjo / guitar)
Shirley Simms (autoharp / ukelele / vocals)

Artist Bio:

(From their official website The Magnetic Fields are the music of songwriter- producer-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, who lives and records in New York City. Adept at computer music programming and production, Merritt records his own albums and plays almost everything on them with help from cellist Sam Davol, banjo player/second guitarist John Woo, and percussionist/pianist Claudia Gonson. Merritt's first two CD's, "The Wayward Bus" and "Distant Plastic Trees", came out in 1991 and 1992 with singer Susan Anway, formerly of the early 80's Boston punk band "V." The album included the early-90's college radio single,"100,000 Fireflies," which first appeared as a single on Harriet Records. When Susan Anway decided to relocate to Arizona, Stephin Merritt took up the vocal duties and remains the singer of The Magnetic Fields. In the early 90's the band released several vinyl seven-inch singles, including "Long Vermont Roads" (Harriet Recs) and "The House Of Tomorrow-EP" (Merge), which is now available on CD. The Magnetic Fields have released six full-length CD's between 1993-1999, all on Merge Records. "The Charm of the Highway Strip" (1994) is an electro-country meditation on life on the open road. "Holiday (1994) has a more euro-pop sound, with songs about escape......[Read More]



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