"The Magnetic Fields are the music of songwriter-producer-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, who lives and records in New York City. Adept at computer music programming and production, Merritt records his own albums and plays most of the music on them, with help from cellist Sam Davol, banjo player/second guitarist John Woo and percussionist/pianist Claudia Gonson.
Merritt originally conceived Realism, The Magnetic Fields' third Nonesuch release, as a companion to the group's brash 2008 Distortion. He was inspired by the orchestrated British folk of the late '60s / early '70s, which had evolved beyond the strictures of traditional music following sustained exposure to the psychedelic movement, and by the groundbreaking work of arranger-producer Joshua Rifkin on Judy Collins' In My Life and Wildflowers." --Via The Sheldon
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