Sunday, February 7th, 2010
"Nothing Matters When We're Dancing"
The Antlers cover The Magnetic Fields
The AntlersNot done with the Magnetic Fields covers yet, nope. They’re so rarely active and there’s so many great re-interpretations of Stephin Merritt’s compositions that when I get the chance to post some of them, I’m going to run with it.
And this is one of my favourite Magnetic Fields covers that, until recently, I didn’t even know I had. It comes from The Antlers, whom while preparing their 2009 breakthrough record Hospice, released a short EP entitled New York Hospitals for free, its title clearly pointing at the themes of the full-length that would follow and consisting of two covers and a preview of one of Hospice‘s high points, “Sylvia”. The reinterpretation of one of 69 Love Songs‘ loveliest moments is more in line with their hazier, pre-Hospice sounds, wrapping it in layers of aural gauze and reverb and could well be the sound of nothing else mattering.
The Antlers are in town next Tuesday night at The Phoenix, opening for Editors. The Magnetic Fields are here tomorrow night for a show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the vinyl edition of 69 Love Songs will be out April 20. Sharon Van Etten, who contributes vocals to the cover, was just in town last night and will return for a show at the Horseshoe on April 5.
MP3: The Antlers – “Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing”
Stream: The Magnetic Fields – “Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing”