A return to the band’s pre-‘69 Love Songs’ days
Following the quixotic genre specialising of 2008’s ‘Distortion’ (arch feedback) and 2010’s ‘Realism’ (arch folk), ‘Love At The Bottom Of The Sea’ finds Stephin Merritt re-adjusting his skinny tie and raising an eyebrow to arch synth-pop. In truth, this is less of an experiment and more of a return to the band’s pre-‘69 Love Songs’ days, recalling early Magnetic Fields albums like ‘Get Lost’ and ‘Holiday’.
The music is charming in a rudimentary sort of way, with the focus, as ever, falling to Merritt’s beautiful punning and Wildean bon mots on highlights such as ‘Andrew In Drag’ and ‘Quick!’. Dancing never felt so smart.