I thought it was a joke when people started saying that the upcoming Magnetic Fields album would be loaded with feedback-soaked guitars and sound like the Jesus and Mary Chain. But it’s true! Or half-true; it’s loaded with feedback-soaked guitars but it still sounds just like the Magnetic Fields. Via Stereogum, here’s the first track, “Three-Way”:
This song is terrific, with a snaky little guitar that keeps popping in at surprising places, and big, repetitive, faraway-sounding piano that harks all the way back to the sound of “100,000 Fireflies.” It’s instrumental but for the band shouting the title. “Instrumental except for the title” is an underutilized form, by the way. “Tequila,” “Wipeout”, and the high point of the Orange Juice’s entire oeuvre, “Moscow Olympics” — is there a bad song that works like this?
Update: Craig points out that I forgot They Might Be Giants’ “Minimum Wage,” which is really too great a song to be relegated to the comments.