Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Label: Merge Records
Guess what? More silly love songs from Stephin Merritt! After The Magnetic Fields' three-album synth drought, the magical instrument is back in play, and his wacky wit feels electrified, from highlight opener "God Wants Us to Wait" (no explanation necessary) to "Andrew in Drag" (a sexually confused electro-tropical love story, like Jimmy Buffett in Dragville) to "The Machine in Your Hand," a tale of mobile-device infatuation syndrome. Chilled with a Gary Numan touch, it's all set amid dizzying, carnival-esque psych-pop -- these are love songs that will truly make you woozy.