Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we deliver songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Sadie” by Fences from the 2009 GIVE Seattle compilation.
Fences’ Chris Mansfield writes quiet folk pop that belies his salty punk veneer. His tattoos, which cover parts of his face, arms, and body, are the result of his experiences growing up in Boston and provide a kind of armor to protect his more thoughtful and shy nature. It’s this part which shines through his music. He invites you into his world via deeply soulful and intimate lyrics accompanied by sparse arrangements. He often plays shows with only an acoustic guitar but sometimes (and more frequently lately) is joined on stage by others including members of Hey Marseilles. Today’s song “Sadie” is a selection from the Give Seattle compilation and hopefully gives us a taste of what’s to come. He recorded his first full-length album (a follow-up to the Ultimate Puke E.P.) with Sara Quinn (of Tegan & Sara) which is due out sometime this year.
You can catch Chris on April 22nd at Chop Suey with Nico Stai. More dates and info can be found on his Myspace page but his blog is also worth checking out if you’re a fan. In the meantime, here is a video for “My Girl the Horses” directed by City Arts’ Brad Curran.