Exhausted of getting on lockdown in L.A. all through the coronavirus pandemic, singer/songwriter Christopher Mansfield, who performs beneath the identify Fences, decided to head to the mountains and chill out in Big Bear.
He was trying to get a alter of speed, some tranquility and pleasant scenery. He assumed he might even choose up gardening, also.
“The unusual issue is I didn’t seriously do too substantially crafting. I would just have a cup of coffee and sit on my porch and just like seem at the trees. It was just calming, so peaceful,” he mentioned.
The slower speed assisted clear his head and with time on his palms and no city lifestyle to navigate, it spurred his creativity and he arrived off the mountain to file new EP “Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble” in two days. It will be launched April 30.
“It’s really my preferred record that I have performed. Just because I feel like I’m the strongest I have been lyrically, I just put a ton of treatment into the poetry of it and the music is a very good mix of all my records. This experience like wherever I need to be,” mentioned Mansfield, who’s now back from his Massive Bear retreat for superior and dwelling in the Los Feliz place.
The five-music indie people rock release mixes a few shocking contemporary pop elements with his mellow sound.
“I preferred to make one thing that felt speedy and new, mixing lure beats with banjos and synthesizers,” he claimed.
Mansfield released his debut studio album “Fences” in 2010, which was generated by Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara. He’s also worked with artists this sort of as Cedric Bixler-Zavala (of At The Generate-In and The Mars Volta), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, including collaborating with the latter two on the strike “Otherside.”
The initial solitary off Fences’ new EP is “Boot Peak,” a mellow state-impressed adore tune about being in really like with a girl commencing back in a past life.
“When I was more youthful I was chatting to my grandmother about currently being a logger with pine trees and I was contemplating it would be appealing to slide in love with a person now and telling them that in your previous life you loved them much too. To me which is particularly fairly,” he said.
A further alternate seem on truth and a wander by a river in Oregon with a drugs female inspired “Shape Shifter,” another standout on the EP.
“It’s just a literal description of a day,” he mentioned. “I was with a medication woman and took psychedelics and was jumping into the river expressing ‘Thank you river’ and then I went into a sweat lodge,” he reported.
Although still on psychedelics, the medication woman’s daughter instructed him that horses are form shifters who transform into trees.
“So the horses have condition-shifted from a horse to a tree to a track that I’ve designed,” he explained with a chuckle.