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Deluxe reissue of Stephen Merritt's 1995 project with tons of features; $37

 

The 6ths
Wasps' Nests

Originally released in 1995, Wasps’ Nests is the acclaimed, tongue twisting debut from the 6th’s – the side project of The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt featuring guest vocal appearances by a who’s who of 90’s indie rock royalty including Dean Wareham (Luna), Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo), Mark Robinson (Unrest), Lou Barlow (Sebadoh), Mary Timony, Amelia Fletcher (Heavenly/ Talulah Gosh), Robert Scott (The Bats), Chris Knox, and more.

Wasps’ Nests is a chilly, stunning and sad symphony of breakup songs written with the contradictory beauty and cheer of some of the greatest pop singles of the ‘60s. Merritt’s marriage of the cheap tinkle of keyboards graced with hushed vocals and spacier synth odysseys is both masterful and dangerous. In its quiet discontent and incongruous flourishes, Wasps’ Nests ambushes its listeners with unanticipated force – not unlike the mumbled roar of the ocean struggling to be heard within the convoluted depths of a conch shell.” - Rolling Stone

"A display of collaborative energy...Wasps’ Nests is a valentine to [Stephin] Merritt from members of the indie-pop elite” - Spin