The Magnetic Fields and Stephin Merritt announced today on Facebook that they are working on a new album—their first LP in five years. Entitled ‘50 Song Memoir’, the follow-up to ‘Love At The Bottom Of The Sea’ from 2012, the album is scheduled for release by Nonesuch Records in early 2017.

The band has also announced upcoming live performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on December 2 and 3 2016. It should also be noted that Merritt will be celebrating his 50th birthday at the shows with “two distinct programs of new songs—one for every year of his melodious existence”. Do the math; that spells ‘fifty’, doesn’t it? Maybe or maybe not, because one can’t help but relate this album to ’69 Love Songs’, the three-volume concept album by Magnetic Fields, probably their most beloved album to date, and assume some kind of kinship between the two.

Now, what more can you do but wait to find out? Kill some time with ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits’ (because bunny rabbits are pretty amazing).

Debbie Maliotaki