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[FIRST LISTEN] Cherry Cherry Boom Boom "Come Back From San Francisco" (The Magnetic Fields Cover)

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Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum (Photo by Colette Carr)

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt has arguably written and produced some of the finest pop gems of the last two decades. This week, Merritt released his "Obscurities" compilation that once again underlines his ability to masterfully combine beautiful melodies with clever and relatable songwriting that shines in simplicity. 

No wonder that pop connoisseur Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum was inspired to cover Merritt's wistful "Come Back From San Francisco" that first appeared on The Magnetic Field's impressive 1999 3-disc set "69 Love Songs."

As many of you may know, Martin Kierszenbaum is one of the music industry's most successful and innovative executives with a golden touch who is the founder and chairman of Cherrytree Records. Kierszenbaum is a purveyor of of great new alternative pop who has been instrumental in developing and supporting the careers of artists like Feist, Keane, Sting, Natalia Kills, Robyn, Ellie Goulding and Lady Gaga.

In fact, you may remember Gaga name-checked Kierszenbaum's artist and production moniker Cherry Cherry Boom Boom on "Eh Eh," a song that he co-wrote and produced for the singer (along with other tracks on her groundbreaking debut LP).

What makes Kierszenbaum very different from many other music industry executives is that he is a talented musician and astute songwriter at heart. He relates to artists as one of them. He speaks their language and is very hands on when it comes to supporting their craft. Ultimately, Kierszenbaum has a deep appreciation for songwriters as he knows what it takes to write a great and lasting pop song.

Kierszenbaum has been a big fan of Steve Merritt and The Magnetic Fields and was instantly grabbed by "Come Back From San Francisco," a touching and timeless tune about love and longing, "I chose [to reinterpet] this song because I love it and I think it has one of the most glorious lyrics ever, 'you need me, like the wind needs the trees to blow in, like the moon needs poetry.' ( . . . ) This was made as a musician and producer from the heart and as a fan of the song."

This emotionally-honest cover is an accomplished update to Merritt's original that stays true to the song's arresting, emotive quality. Kierszenbaum amplifies the bittersweet sentiment of Merritt's original by turning it into an instantly compelling and melancholic slice of heartbreak disco with a finely tuned, sweeping new synth arrangement that was mixed by Robert Orton. This touching cover is not only a fitting homage to Merritt's accomplished original, but also to Kierszenbaum's true musicianship and fine knack for melody. Highly recommended. (Listen to it after the break.)

August 24, 2011 | Permalink