It’s been a minute since we heard new music from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. And while it sounds like we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the proper follow-up to their smash breakthrough, The Heist, there is a new Mack track out there.
The lead single from Seattle band Fences, “Arrows,” is a bouncy bit of alt-pop produced by Lewis and featuring vocals from Macklemore and is just the latest hook-up between old friends Mack and Fences leader Christopher Mansfield, with the latter earning a co-writing credit on the Heist track “10,000 Hours.”
While Mansfield’s pleading vocals and impressionistic emo lyrics focus on breaking out on your own and out of the shadow of your parents, Macklemore’s verses touch on the exhausting treadmill of fame and fortune. “Can’t hit those brakes/ This is what you wanted, huh?” he raps. “But you got it all in vain cause you forgot who you are/ Right as the world learned your name it goes.”
“Fences is a good friend,” Macklemore told Billboard. “He’s fu—d up in the same way that I’m f—-d up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I’ve always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We’ve made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we’ve done.”
Mansfield said the pair have the kind of relationship where when the phone rings they are always there for each other. And once the rapper was on board, Lewis was the only logical choice to handle production. The song dropped on Tuesday (July 29) and Macklemore couldn’t have ben more excited. “It’s out!!!! Yes…. #arrows,” he wrote.
At press time “Arrows” had already risen to #82 on the iTunes Top Songs list. The song will be featured on Fences’ upcoming album, Lesser Oceans, due out on October 14. Fences will perform “Arrows” with Mack and Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival on August 9.