Fences Unveils 'Arrows' Ft Macklemore and Produced by Ryan Lewis
Elektra Records has announced the label debut from acclaimed singer/songwriter Fences. "LESSER OCEANS" which includes the new single, "Arrows" featuring Macklemore and produced by Ryan Lewis arrives everywhere on October 14th.
"LESSER OCEANS" is available for pre-sale beginning today (http://smarturl.it/LesserOceans), with all orders receiving instant downloads of both "Arrows" and the album track "Songs About Angels." "Arrows" which marks the first new musical offering from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the breakout success of their GRAMMY-award winning album "THE HEIST" is available now at all DSPs (http://smarturl.it/FencesArrows). After making its world premiere on Seattle public radio station KEXP a longtime supporter of both Fences as well as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis this morning, "Arrows" can now be heard streaming on Fences' Official YouTube channel (http://youtu.be/P9yv9TcQoww).
On the collaboration with Macklemore for "Arrows," Fences' Christopher Mansfield explains: "I have known Macklemore for quite some time. A friendship grown in the coffee shops and broken sidewalks of Seattle. We became sounding boards for each other's music and when it made sense we would combine our efforts. I consider him to be a fearless poet and a selfless human. 'Arrows' is the peak of our mountain."
Macklemore continues: "Fences is a good friend. He's fucked up in the same way that I'm fucked up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."
Fences will perform "Arrows" alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at their hugely anticipated main stage appearance at San Francisco's upcoming Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, slated for Saturday, August 9th, before joining them for a handful of European music festivals. The Seattle-based tunesmith has a long history with the chart-topping hip-hop duo, including a writing credit on "Ten Thousand Hours," the opening track on 2012's GRAMMY Award-winning blockbuster, "THE HEIST," and the fan favorite, "Otherside Remix." The latter track has proven a certifiable YouTube phenomenon, racking up more than 37 million individual views and counting at www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvDQy53eldY.
"LESSER OCEANS" which follows 2010's "FENCES" sees Mansfield mastering his distinctive brand of melancholic folk-pop and bittersweet slacker anthems (see below tracklisting). In addition to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the album also features Fences co-horts Benjamin Greenspan and Lindsey Starr as well as production from such studio luminaries as Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, The Lonely Forest). Fences recently heralded "LESSER OCEANS" with an exclusive NYLON profile highlighted by the world premiere of the album's "Songs About Angels" (www.nylon.com/articles/fences-songs-about-angels); the track's lyric video is also streaming at Fences' official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/fencesmusic.