Fences

Fences
“Girls With Accents”

As we write this, we are watching a BBC documentary on the late Alex “Hurricane” Higgins – for the non-snooker inclined of you (we’re borderline – like football, we couldn’t tell you the name of every single player from Premiership through to Conference level, but we understand the rules and appreciate the skills involved), this Northern-Irish phenomenon is cited as one of the greatest players of the sport, and noted for the awe-inspiring speed of his performance. He also had a dark side, in the form of a heavy-drinking and drugs habit, which close friends and fellow snooker players attribute to the man crumbling under the pressures of his personal and professional life. Although it shouldn’t be the case, individuals’ lives are periodically shaken when they discover that they themselves and others around them are fallible, regardless of how talented or successful they are, or however lofty the heights they may have reached. We would imagine on the basis of what we have read about Fences that they have had their fair share in terms of experiencing this sentiment; Christopher Mansfield is a Seattle-based songwriter who, after teaming up with Sara Quin (of Tegan & Sara fame) recently released a 10-track album composed of songs the young man had been penning since 2004. The result is a sequence of songs that expose the inner soul of the writer himself, with the raw honesty of Bright Eyes twisted around the dark-pop penmanship of The Cure and Morrissey, exemplified perfectly in Girls With Accents. Having already formed a considerable fanbase in the US, we can’t imagine it being very long before this bright new spark ignites a similar explosion over here.

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