Seattle singer-songwriter Fences' new album is on the horizon, and on its heels are releases of songs punctured with raw emotion and forlorn memories. While "A Mission" peeked into the mind of a drinker, his newest single "Paper Route" tells a story of a different anguish- the one of a broken heart. Its official video- premiering here today- offers nostalgic visuals tinged with a lo-fi aesthetic that is quickly becoming synonymous with Fences' melancholic sound.
Following Fences (Christopher Mansfield) and a younger version of himself around a town that could be construed as his childhood home, the video is full of nostalgic melancholy. Everywhere the younger version goes, Mansfield follows, through small memories and desolate thoughts. It's a stark vision of a man at a crossroads, looking back in order to figure out the best move forward. "Paper Route" sets itself up as a sorrowful song, but it juxtaposes the wistful subject matter with a mid-tempo melody. The steady strum of the guitar is supported by mollifying shakers, giving the song a calm serenity. Perhaps reminiscent of the recent changes in Mansfield's life and his attempt to understand and come to terms with it all. When speaking about his forthcoming album, Mansfield shares that "Everyone from this project has gone on with their lives. New relationships, new cities, countries, and even rehab. We always do and we must. I, however, continue to hold its leash, wondering when the coyote is safe to run."
In preparation for his album release, Fences will play a short run of solo acoustic shows at these select cities:
Thursday, June 6 - Bellingham, WA- Shakedown Sunday
June 9 - Seattle, WA - High Dive
June 11 - San Francisco, CA - Brick Mortar
Thursday, June 13- San Diego, CA- The Casbah
June 14- Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
June 16 - Anaheim, CA - Parish @ House Of Blues