When Fences entered the studio to record their second LP, the Seattle foursome sought the help of former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. The producer, who has previously contributed to albums by the Decemberists and Tegan and Sara, worked on much of the record, but he particularly affected they way the band approached “Sunburns,” the next single.
“During the recording sessions Chris inspired us to quite literally make ‘the sun come out,'” says frontman Chris Mansfield, paraphrasing a lyrics from the song’s energy-releasing chorus, “not in the sense of a light-hearted summer song, but in the sense that you feel an environmental shift with the rise and fall of chord changes.”
“Sunburns” is now available for those who pre-order the album, Lesser Oceans (which is scheduled to be released March 10th), and the song’s accompanying music video can be watched above. The clip was shot while Mansfield was staying in Los Angeles and is centered around black-and-white footage of the singer performing in an empty studio.
“When I walked onto set, I saw a single stool sitting ominously in a blacked-out room,” he says. “I wasn’t intimidated by any means, but I knew I had to be extremely present in my delivery. I feel like I connected with the director in a deeper way due to the starkness of the production.”
The unfamiliar setting also influenced the way Mansfield approached the shoot: “Los Angeles itself is a huge environmental shift for me – as an artist and a human – so it felt fitting.”