Compilation of Stephin Merritt rarities coming soon

Stephin Merrit, the man behind cult synth-based act The Magnetic Fields’ is to release a ten song collection of rarities this Autumn.

The disc – entitled ‘Obscurities’ – features fourteen cuts recorded by Merritt before The Magnetic Fields 1999 breakthrough with the triple-disc ’69 Love Songs’, including a track from those landmark sessions.

The compilation includes five unreleased cuts, including three from an unreleased sci-fi musical co-written with Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett). The disc will also include ‘You Are Not My Mother and I Want To Go Home’, a track written for the audiobook version of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’.

The tracklisting for ‘Obscurities’ is:

‘Forever And A Day’ (previously unreleased)
‘Rats In The Garbage Of The Western World’ (The Magnetic Fields)
‘I Don’t Believe You’ (The Magnetic Fields)
‘Plant White Roses’ (Buffalo Rome)
‘Rot in the Sun’ (the 6ths)
‘The Sun And The Sea And The Sky’ (previously unreleased)
‘Yet Another Girl’ (the 6ths)
‘Scream (Till You Make The Scene)’ (previously unreleased)
‘The Song from Venus’ (previously unreleased)
‘Beach-A-Boop-Boop (The Magnetic Fields)
‘When I’m Not Looking, You’re Not There’ (The Magnetic Fields)
‘Take Ecstasy With Me’ (The Magnetic Fields)
‘When You’re Young And In Love’ (previously unreleased)
‘You Are Not My Mother And I Want to Go Home’ (The Gothic Archies)

‘Obscurities’ is released on September 5th.