“Don’t let the fact that he looks like an extra from Sons Of Anarchy fool you because Chris Mansfield is a pretty sensitive dude. He doesn’t follow anyone on Twitter, so he’s infinitely more productive and prolific than you are. Sorry.”- Noisey
“…alongside down-and-out saints with vigour like Townes Van Zandt, Elliott Smith and The Cure, Mansfield sears vivid scenes rooted in hardship, drinking, despair and fear of losing love into the psyche…..yet at all times he does so with a hand on his pop pistol, ready to blast completely into smithereens what, on paper, would look like just another hushed singer-songwriter on a downer” -Drowned In Sound
„As an artist, Mansfield is comfortable in many lanes. He can croon with an acoustic or glide on a house beat or singe on a hip-hop track hook. His talent is malleable…“- American Songwriter
Seattle-based FENCES, the alter-ego of musician/songwriter Christopher Mansfield has released a new expanded deluxe version of his 3rd album ‚Failure Sculptures‘ via ENCI Records, featuring two bonus tracks.
Of the Deluxe album’s two newly reworked acoustic tracks („A Mission“ and „God Music“) Mansfield says, „Almost the instant you track something in permanence you start to play it differently. You know how stories get embellished, religious texts have a bit of wiggle room or the size of fish your stepdad caught keeps growing? It’s like that. A song is really just a short story. Romance aside, I just wanted y’all to hear me play ‚em as is and in that room in that moment. One take with some light overdubs.“
Known to many for his collaborations with Tegan and Sara (who produced his 2010 self-titled debut album) and Macklemore (who he’s teamed up with on various tracks), ‘Failure Sculptures Deluxe‘ serves as a precursor to his upcoming EP due out this spring.
More praise for Fences:
“The artistic alter ego for Seattle-based musician and songwriter Christopher Mansfield, Fences’ folk music is heartrending and raw” – Atwood Magazine
„…further testament to Christopher Mansfield’s deeply emotional and expressive song-writing. Writers such as Mansfield remind us that pop can still be spiritual, sublime, its expressive qualities capable of elevating the spirits and challenging our preconceptions about art of any kind.“- PopMatters
„Haunting in its simplicity…teeming with emotionally charged inflections reminiscent of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard.“- Earmilk
“We were friends before we made any music together,” we have a lot of things in common – our vices and our demons and our art, the things that we’re good at and our shortcomings.” – Macklemore