Magnetic Fields Sign With Nonesuch

Critically adored independent rock outfit Magnetic Fields, led by Stephin Merritt, has signed a multi-album deal with Nonesuch following four albums for Merge. The first album under the new arrangemen

Critically adored independent rock outfit Magnetic Fields, led by Stephin Merritt, has signed a multi-album deal with Nonesuch following four albums for Merge. The first album under the new arrangement is expected this fall. "I have 100 or so of Nonesuch's records already, and now I'm going to pillage their stockroom for the rest of them," Merritt said in a statement.

Merritt, who records under a variety of monikers, has not released anything under the Magnetic Fields name since 1999's acclaimed three-CD set "69 Love Songs," which has sold more than 80,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The artist will continue to release music on Merge, with the next project likely to be a compilation of songs written to accompany the Lemony Snicket-penned children's books "The Series of Unfortunate Events."

Merritt's most recent Merge release was the soundtrack to the independent film "Eban & Charley." He is also working with theater director Shi-Zhen Chen on a modern version of the ancient Chinese opera "The Orphan of Zhao." His Future Bible Heroes project will release a new album sometime this year on Instinct.

Nonesuch, which is home to composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and John Adams, has moved further into the pop realm in recent months, signing Wilco, Youssou N'Dour, and Randy Newman.