Song 5 of 19 in the …One Last Kiss retread, otherwise known as After the Last Kiss…
I don’t think I really need to say much about the Magnetic Fields they seem to be pretty well known these days. 100,000 Fireflies was pulled from Distant Plastic Trees, the very first Magnetic Fields album. Back then Merrit didn’t sing his songs, that honor went to Susan Anway who sang on the first two Magnetic fields. 100,000 Fireflies is a through and through classic and one of the best songs Merritt has written. It still amazes me how he could arrange cheap synths and drum machines and add touches of horns and strings to make it sound like there was nothing cheap about it.
mp3: The Magnetic Fields – 100,000 Fireflies
So how do you find an equivalent to one of the most well known and classic songs on …One Last Kiss? You go to Chicago, that’s how. Tiny Microphone is a one girl band that employs a similar Phil Spector-ish reverberation to her guitar and drums that was and still is favored by Merritt in Magnetic Fields. Kristin is the girl, and she has just released a tape (as in cassette) called Home, on the Italian label, Best Kept Secret. She’s also in another band the Scarlette Canvase who are bit more rollicking rock and roll. Tiny Microphone are the other side of the coin. The songs are beautiful, almost fragile sounding things that are painted with washes of guitar, piano and Kristin’s sweet hushed singing. My favorite from Home is You Disappear, it has a bass that sounds like the Jesus and Mary Chain’s Hardest Walk, big echoey drums and tambourine and a jangly lead guitar that slips into a luscious feedback. It sounds like a new classic to my ears!