[Photo by Matthew Williams taken at Hotel Americano, New York.]
“Andrew in Drag”[audio:http://alarm-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/The_Magnetic_Fields_Andrew_in_Drag.mp3|titles=The Magnetic Fields: “Andrew in Drag”]
Stephin Merritt must have sonar. Whether helming The Magnetic Fields or penning songs for films and musicals, he finds depth in even the shallowest of topics and creates meaning by exploring meaninglessness. The title of his new, self-produced album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, hints at this process as it summons daydreams about mermaids, pirates, and amorous octopi.