Published Nov 10, 2009Once again, cantankerous songwriting grump Stephin Merritt is coming out of hiding to give us a new Magnetic Fields album, his first since 2008's Distortion. For this one, he's again pairing up with label Nonesuch and giving this 13-track studio effort the title Realism.
So far, few album details have been revealed, though there is a tracklisting and the album art (see above), which follows the same design scheme as the last few Magnetic Fields records and trades Distortion's neon pink for a warm, simple tan. Call it a wild guess, but we have a feeling Merritt has ditched his last album's Jesus and Mary Chain obsession for something a tad more down to earth and "real."
Realism is due out on January 26, and will likely come with a few lives shows and maybe a Merritt-penned jingle or two.
1. "You Must Be Out of Your Mind"
3. "We Are Having A Hootenanny"
4. "I Don't Know What To Say"
5. "The Dolls' Tea Party"
6. "Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree"
7. "Walk a Lonely Road"
8. "Always Already Gone"
9. "Seduced and Abandoned"
10. "Better Things"
11. "Painted Flower"
12. "The Dada Polka"
13. "From a Sinking Boat"