So holy shit.
Mr(s). smokeandmirrors has done me and the rest of the world a huge favor by uploading the two records by The Zinnas!! For those unaware, The Zinnias were Mr. Merritt's pre-Magnetic Fields band in which he was joined by Ms. Gonson, as well as a gentleman named Charles (last name, anyone?) on vocals, Johny Blood on tuba and John Gage on bass, the latter occasionally sharing songwriting duties with Mr. Merritt. Before tonight, this was about all the information I had about the band, but smokeandmirrors has done me a world of good by healing my ignorance!
The albums are called Sand Dollar and Compost. They are, to be blunt, incredible to listen to and it's unbelievable that these recordings even exist, particularly in digital form. To quote Ms. Gonson, the songs are all "under two minutes and, of course, extremely brilliant." I feel eternally indebted to smokeandmirrors, and would like to extend the humblest thank you. It is fascinating to hear these early recordings of "Kings" and "Otters" (later expanded into "Jeremy").