Magnetic merger

m_7ddad0bed148b0d235b67639de597bdd.jpgEvery so often, Swervedriver guitarist Adam Franklin surfaces from hiding, like a wanted man the authorities have been chasing for years. Now comes word the space-rock champion is teaming with Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino on a new project called Magnetic Morning.

Their self-titled EP, recorded with Claudius Mittendorfer, who engineered Interpol’s latest release, Our Love to Admire, will fall to earth on April 19 — or as independent retailers call it, Record Store Day — and undoubtedly burn on re-entry.

8645.jpgA wizard with effects and distortion during his days with Swervedriver, the most rock-oriented of all the shoegazer bands of the early ’90s, Franklin’s otherworldly guitar work is one of the great hidden treasures of the music world. Do yourself a favor and pick up Raise or Mezcal Head, two of the best albums the ’90s produced.

With Magnetic Morning, Franklin and Fogarino explore a dreamworld of ethereal, expansive soundscapes that unfold in astounding, cinematic beauty — “Don’t Go To DreamState,” “Cold War Kids Get Claudius,” The Kinks cover “The Way Love Used To Be” and “Yesterday’s Flowers” are highlights. To hear a taste of Magnetic Morning’s debut, which comes out on the new L.A. indie label DH, visit

Tour dates will be forthcoming. As for Fogarino, the guy’s working overtime. In addition to extensive touring with Interpol, he’s done some remixing for Nine Inch Nails. Dude really needs a hobby.

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