New Despair EP

New Despair EP

by Gothic ArchiesGothic Archies


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It's a somewhat pointless exercise for Stephin Merritt to release his work under so many different monikers (Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, the 6ths, and the Gothic Archies), but this little idiosyncrasy doesn't make the music any less gorgeous. The New Despair treads the same inorganic, melancholy synth ground as most of Merritt's other work, with equally satisfying results. That said, it is true that the Gothic Archies title does have its own sonic identity: thin, distant guitars take over some of the space Merritt usually fills with synths, and The New Despair's compositions push his pop experiments past the familiar ground of Magnetic Fields and into more varied, adventurous territory. As a result, the seven songs on the record almost seem to have more depth and consistency than some of Merritt's other endeavors.

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Release Date: 04/08/2003
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855012728
catalogNumber: 127
Rank: 95950


  1. It's Useless To Struggle
  2. City Of The Damned
  3. The Abondoned Castle of My Soul
  4. Your Long White Fingers
  5. Ever Falls The Twillight
  6. The Tiny Goal
  7. In A Cave

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