I was late to the game when my partner first introduced me to the Magnetic Fields back in 2005. Their 1999 album 69 Loves Songs became a staple of our car ride karaoke, and one track, "Papa Was a Rodeo," even became our song.
I was lucky enough to see them live in DC a few years ago, but in a low-key, largely acoustic setting. The show was still amazing but lacking some of my favorite upbeat hits from their earlier albums. They couldn't even remember the lyrics to their song "Washington, D.C.," and I fell asleep for awhile.
Even though the show made me snooze, I was excited to see that they have a new album on the way that promises a return to the synth pop stylings of their earlier hits along with a new tour. My fingers have been crossed.
On Friday fans were given a sign that there is plenty of fun to expect when the band released its first video from the new album to NPR's All Songs Considered. Always a fan of gender bending, Stephin Merritt, the songwriter and creative force behind the Magnetic Fields, described the song, "Andrew in Drag," as "[A]bout a straight guy who falls madly in love with the drag persona of his straight friend Andrew." The song is funny and addictive, and the video is hot and NSFW at times. If your office frowns on bare ass and two seconds of lady nipple, wait until you get home.
Their new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, drops March 6 on Merge Records.