The Magnetic Fields don’t have a lot of videos. The few that existed prior to their recent new interest in the medium were very low budget and all featured the same androgynous actress in the lead role instead of members of the band (although Sam Devol does make an appearance in “Born on a Train.”) For their new album “Love at the Bottom of the Sea,” Stephin Merritt has finally sprung out the cash for some clips, the first being for the delightful lead single “Andrew In Drag” which actually featured himself and Claudia Gonson, albeit in sort of obligatory roles.
The band’s latest video askews the band once again but for the purpose of focusing on an unlikely love story. Cartoonishly directed by James Spinney for Fee Fie Foe Fum Films, the clip shows a woman (Ada) who appears to live in a trash can. When a new can is placed across the street, she finds it is also inhabited by another trash can dweller named Blom (the Youtube page for the video is thoroughly credited).
It’s a charming little story and the fact that “Quick!” is the best song on “Love at the Bottom of the Sea” certainly doesn’t hurt. Check out the video below. “Love at the Bottom of the Sea” is now out on Merge.
The Magnetic Fields — “Quick!”