A songwriter who can dream up lyrics like, "When we kiss, it feels like a flying saucer landing," can score those lyrics in any one of a thousand, infectious styles, and as a result command praises from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Neil Gaiman, and Sarah Silverman definitely deserves his own documentary. Co-directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara have obliged said artist with Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, an immersive and fascinating glimpse into the ascerbic, romantic, sarcastic, and infinitely varied world of Mr. Merritt and his collaborators. I came to the film knowing Merritt solely from his insanely ambitious project 69 Love Songs -- yes, 69 songs in 69 different styles -- and walked away hungering for more. Don't be surprised if you're similarly affected.
Click on the player to hear my discussion with Kerthy Fix.