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Last month, I wondered if Kentucky native Christopher Browder, aka Mansions, decided to move to Seattle after a possible chat with Damien Jurado . When

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Mansions' Move to Seattle Was Not Because of Damien Jurado, But He Does Have a Split EP With Fences Coming Out Next Week

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Last month, I wondered if Kentucky native Christopher Browder, aka Mansions, decided to move to Seattle after a possible chat with Damien Jurado. When I went to the source, my suspicion was flatly, but politely, disproved: "I did not move because of Damien Jurado," said Browder in an e-mail. "He writes really good songs though!"

Turns out, Browder is more of a Fences fan. The two artists recorded together earlier this spring at Avast! Studios, and have a split 7'' EP due out next week on July 26 (they'll also play an in-store that day at Sonic Boom in Ballard). After giving it a spin a few times, Fences' track "Market Place" comes off like most songs from his self-titled LP: sparse, slow, and self-lamenting. Mansions' flip-side "On My Way" has its share of emo-licious lyrics (i.e., "I could sleep for days/And dream it all away"), but its driving rhythm and full instrumentation add lift to the track.

"Our methods and sounds might be different, but it's just two sides of the same coin. We're both sad and pissed off, and that is worth celebrating," Browder said in the press release. With or without Jurado, the Fences/Mansions pairing seems to be a natural collaboration we'll see more of in the future. For now, you can catch Mansions and Fences at the Capitol Hill Block Party Main Stage this Friday, and view the promo video of the recording session here:

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