“I often find when I’m feeling low / A drink is just the thing / It lights my mind with that bright brown glow / And makes me want to sing.” If that’s not a signature Stephin Merritt sentiment, I don’t know what is. “A Drink Is Just the Thing” leads off “Partygoing,” the terrific new album by Future Bible Heroes, one of Merritt’s long-running but underserved musical projects that also includes his Magnetic Fields bandmate Claudia Gonson and Cambridge’s Chris Ewen, a DJ and overall man about town. It’s the trio’s first album since 2002’s “Eternal Youth” and finds them mining familiar territory, specifically that delicious divide between Ewen’s exuberant synth-pop soundscapes and Merritt’s droll lyrics. Few bands are clever enough to make you feel giddy singing a song called “Keep Your Children in a Coma.” Gonson, as usual, is a refreshingly natural singer, bringing heart and soul to songs that would seem to be bereft of such qualities: “Let’s Go to Sleep (And Never Come Back)” and “Digging My Own Grave.” (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL “Digging My Own Grave”
Future Bible Heroes will perform at the Sinclair on July 21.