The Magnetic Fields seem to be everywhere these days! Okay, well maybe not quite everywhere. But for a group that hates the public eye and hardly ever tours, they have been popping up a lot. Early in 2010 Peter Gabriel brought their music to a whole new audience with his orchestral cover of “The Book of Love.” Now this fall, the new documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields offers unprecedented insight into the band’s 21-year history (it opens in Boston, Dallas, and Philadelphia on Friday).
The most recent entry into the Magnetic Fields 2010 Yearbook comes from L.A. trio Bodies of Water. In their version of “I Don’t Believe in the Sun,” Merideth Metcalf’s rich vocals ride over the band’s spare backing. Angelic synth lines swirl around the earthy guitar riff for a majestic performance that recalls 1950s sad-girl pop. Like “The Book of Love,” “I Don’t Believe” comes from the Fields’ magnum opus 69 Love Songs, a three-disc set providing rich fodder for cover artists. Check it out below.