Film: Strange Powers

| Fri Apr. 9, 2010 12:00 PM EDT

May/June 2010 Issue

The indie pop band the Magnetic Fields is best known for 69 Love Songs, a three-disc concept album packed with addictive melodies and cheeky songwriting. Strange Powers profiles Stephin Merritt, the group's morose mastermind, illuminating his creative process (sitting in dark gay bars with cigarettes and a snifter of brandy) and influences (Doris Day, the Great American Songbook, cowboy songs). It's hard to resist Merritt's eccentric charms.

Read an interview with Merritt here.