A concocter of neo-psychedelic lo-fi from Chicago, Arkansas native Justin Fernandez aka J Fernandez settled in the city for a day job in the early 2000s and spent several years performing in friends' music projects while making his own rough home-studio recordings in his spare time.
His first two releases, the EP Olympic Village and 7" No Luck, were released on local music labels Teen River and Lake Paradise, then issued as a compilation by Morning Ritual Recordings
in 2012. The Memorize Now EP followed in 2014 on Atelier Ciseaux
. With a doleful, anachronistic tone generated from building (some) arrangements around a Vox Jaguar organ and incorporating delay, the bedroom intimacy of his post-rock productions are sweetened by Robyn Hitchcock
-reminiscent talky melodic tendencies and engaging, exploratory songcraft. During a string of tour dates in support of Unknown Mortal Orchestra
, his debut LP, Many Levels of Laughter, was released by Joyful Noise Recordings in June of 2015. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi