Stephen Merritt, the songwriter/composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist behind The Magnetic Fields, is set to release an album of rarities aptly entitled, Obscurities.
The album will be comprised of out-takes from The Magnetic Fields albums (such as 69 Love Songs), as well as completely unreleased material including tracks that appear on the as-yet unfinished sci-fi musical The Song From Venus (a collaboration with Lemony Snicket) and other unreleased work.
"Forever And A Day", the first track on the album, can be streamed and downloaded free from the official website here.
Obscurities will be available on CD, LP and digital download beginning August 23. It has not yet been confirmed if the dates will differ in the U.K./Republic Of Ireland for the physical release.
Track listing :
01. Forever and a Day (previously unreleased)
02. Rats in the Garbage of the Western World (The Magnetic Fields)
03. I Don't Believe You (The Magnetic Fields)
04. Plant White Roses (Buffalo Rome)
05. Rot in the Sun (the 6ths)
06. The Sun and the Sea and the Sky (previously unreleased)
07. Yet Another Girl (the 6ths)
08. Scream (Till you Make the Scene) (previously unreleased)
09. The Song from Venus (previously unreleased)
10. Beach-A-Boop-Boop (The Magnetic Fields)
11. When I'm Not Looking, You're Not There (The Magnetic Fields)
12. Take Ecstasy with Me (The Magnetic Fields)
13. When You're Young and In Love (previously unreleased)
14. You Are Not My Mother and I Want to Go Home (The Gothic Archies)