The tracks are inspired by a dog named Lola

The Magnetic Fields‘ Stephin Merritt has released two new songs called ‘Lo’ and ‘La’, named after a dog called Lola.

Last year, Merritt wrote a collection of short poems based on the 101 two-letter words that Scrabble officially recognises, called ‘101 Two-Letter Words’. This year, Interfictions commissioned Merritt to create micro-songs based on the words ‘Lo’ and ‘La’, paying homage to Interfictions’ Arts Editor Henry Lien’s pet, Lola.

The songs have been performed by Merritt, who contributes vocals and ukelele, and Sam Davol, also of The Magnetic Fields, playing the cello. Lola, the dog, can be seen in the video for both songs.

You can listen to them and watch the videos below.

Stephin Merritt will be playing at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale On Hudson, July 24.