The Magnetic Fields
The Magnetic Fields is an American indie pop group founded and led by Stephin Merritt. Merritt serves as the primary songwriter, producer, and vocalist for the band. The Magnetic Fields is known for their malleable musical style, which encompasses genres such as synthpop, indie pop, and noise pop. Merritt's lyrics often explore themes of love with a touch of irony, humor, and bitterness. The band has also spawned various side-projects including The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and The Gothic Archies.
Named after the novel "Les Champs Magnétiques," The Magnetic Fields was established as a platform for Stephin Merritt's exceptional songwriting skills. With his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist in addition to being the main creative force behind the band's music production process, Merritt has crafted a distinct sound that defies easy categorization.
While their songs span various subgenres within the realm of pop music, it is primarily their catchy synthpop-infused melodies and cleverly crafted lyrics that have garnered them recognition. Often exploring unconventional gender roles through his songwriting approach, Merritt's lyrics are both thought-provoking and entertaining.