ATLK Track Five: Magnetic Fields to Tiny Microphone

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!

mp3: Tiny Microphone – You Disappear (buy Home from Best Kept Secret)


  1. jen NW · August 1, 2008

    KRISTINE! you are awesome. always. seriously this is amazing. i am so glad you’ve finally put out an album! WHS. whoa. xxoo <3jenNW

  2. B Michael · August 1, 2008

    I used to play 100,000 Fireflies on my WRCU college radio show all the time. All the time. And then for some reason I heard the song running through my head, and yours was the first blog to come up on Hype Machine. So, in brief, thank you!

  3. Celia · August 1, 2008

    Hey Kristine! I like your music! And not just because you’re my friend. It lulls me to sleep, and not in the bad way. Good one!

  4. jumpy · August 1, 2008

    kristine you are so talented! You deserve all of the comparisons mentioned above. The other day i found a picture of you from 2002…i didn’t realize i’ve known you for so long. I’m glad i have.

  5. Hoover & Voyno · August 3, 2008

    kristine! I only know you becuse of your loyal fans.

    thanks for the Magnetic Fields I can finally listen to them again after I played 69 to death.


  6. alainsane · October 17, 2008

    Wow! I *really* like the Tiny Microphone song. What a great find.

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