Macklemore joined Seattle pop group Fences onstage to kick off Good Morning America’s Fall Concert Series on Monday, performing a stirring version of the Ryan Lewis-produced single “Arrows.” The track will appear on Fences’ Elektra Records debut, Lesser Oceans, due out in January.
“It’s pop, but it’s also vulnerable,” Fences frontman Christopher Mansfield told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos of the track. “Which is something I like to do: be vulnerable but also honest with yourself.”
Mansfield had first asked Macklemore, an old friend from the Seattle music scene, to appear on the track in December of last year, to which Macklemore was initially skeptical. “It didn’t sound like something I could necessarily rap on,” the four-time Grammy winner told Rolling Stone last month. “But I was down.” Lewis’ involvement in the production, to which he added percussive elements, created a more conducive sonic environment for Macklemore’s verses.
Despite being a Fences track, “Arrows” stands as the first collaboration between Macklemore and Lewis since their critically lauded 2012 debut, The Heist. The MC’s verse on the new track discusses confusion and turmoil in the face of newfound fame, opening with the lines, “When the world finally sees his art/He wishes that he never would have made it.”
The video for “Fences” premiered in August and features a scene of Macklemore swimming in a pool filled with issues of Rolling Stone. Macklemore told Rolling Stone that he and Lewis were “definitely working on the next album” and planned to return to this studio this month.