The Magnetic Fields make plans for homecoming shows

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The Magnetic Fields have revealed plans for a spring tour in support of their brand new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. The Boston-bred will return for to the Hub for a pair of homecoming shows at the Berklee Performance Center on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. Tickets for each of the shows are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website for $32.50. Denver’s DeVotchKa will open both shows with an acoustic set.

Love at the Bottom of the Sea, which hit stores on Tuesday, is a blitz of 15 tracks all under three minutes each. The new album marks a return to the band’s signature synth/acoustic sound of the 90’s after releasing three synthesizer-free albums.

“Most of the synthesizers we used on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers,” frontman Stephin Merritt said in a press release.

The Magnetic Fields, featuring Merritt’s usual lineup of Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, John Woo, Shirley Simms, Johny Blood and Daniel Handler, recorded Love at the Bottom of the Sea in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York

“I’m encouraged… to keep working with the same people and try and get different things out of them,” Merrit said in a recent interview with Salon. “The taste in music of the band members of the Magnetic Fields seems to be laughably nothing to do with what they end up playing in the Magnetic Fields… I think of them as a repertory of actors. I just wish I could put them in different wigs and things.”

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