Band Of The Day #15 - THE MAGNETIC FIELDS "Too Drunk to Dream"
Stephin Merritt suffers from a hearing problem called hyperacusis, a condition that causes any sound that’s louder than normal to feedback in his head, volume increasing in steps. The Magnetic Fields lynchpin presumably drew on his experience of this when writing and recording new album Distortion, submerged as it is by a wet weight of white noise.
Still though, one thing you can bank on with Merritt is a melody, a tune to whistle or hum, and that remains the case here. The rather brilliant follow-up to 2004’s i is out through Nonesuch Records on the 14th of January, here’s a sample from it.
‘Too Drunk to Dream’ is, as you might imagine, a teetering, merry mess of a song that finds Merritt “shitfaced, now and forever!” as he bids to escape memories of an old flame. It’s the melody, though, that might take longer to leave you than than both those memories or the hangover.
Download: The Magnetic Fields - 'Too Drunk to Dream'
- Kev Kharas