Rejoice! 2012 is indeed the year that the messiah returns! Well, the gay messiah, anyway.
The Magnetic Fields, fronted by humorously heartsick homo Stephin Meritt, will release a new album in the U.S. March 6. This marks the group's return to Merge Records (the last project with Merge was 1999's legendary three-volume 69 Love Songs) The new album is called Love at the Bottom of the Sea, and, rejoice again, it'll be supported by an international tour.
From the looks of the track list, the new work has the potential to be quite the gay old time. To mention a few: "I'd Go Anywhere With Hugh," "Infatuation (With Your Gyration)," "The Only Boy in Town," "I've Run Away to Join the Fairies," "My Husband's Peid-a-Terre," and, perhaps the gayest, "I Don't Like Your Tone."
Below, take a listen to the album's first single, "Andrew In Drag." It's hilarious. A simple rhyme scheme and an adorably star-crossed love story combine to make pure music magic, with a very magnetic pull.