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Magnetic Fields

The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees

The Magnetic Fields’ first two albums, The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees, make their debut appearance on vinyl, packaged together as a two-LP set with Download. Distant Plastic Trees, the Magnetic Fields’ first album, was originally released in England and Japan in 1991. Merritt’s accordion player, the novelist Daniel Handler, later noted that “this tinny and intimate recording, in quiet defiance of the reigning roar of pop music, recalls both the early, scratchy field recordings of folk music and the first experiments in electronic music - precisely the sort of stylistic balance the Magnetic Fields liked to achieve.” The album includes the early-’90s college radio single 100,000 Fireflies which had earlier appeared as a single on Harriet Records and was later covered by Superchunk. The album artwork on both Distant Plastic Trees and The Wayward Bus was created by watercolorist Wendy Smith. Her beautiful wrap-around paintings, now printed in a larger format, along with remastered audio make this two-LP set an exciting addition to the Magnetic Fields discography.

  • 1. When You Were My Baby
    2. The Saddest Story Ever Told
    3. Lovers From The Moon
    4. Candy
    5. Tokyo a Go-Go
    6. Summer Lies
    7. Old Orchard Beach
    8. Jeremy
    9. Dancing In Your Eyes
    10. Suddenly There Is A Tidal Wave
    11. Distant Plastic Trees
    12. Railroad Boy
    13. Smoke Signals
    14. You Love To Fail
    15. Kings
    16. Babies Falling
    17. vLiving in an abandoned firehouse with you
    18. Tar-heel Boy
    19. Falling in love with the wolfboy
    20. Josephine
    21. 100'000 Fireflies

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