J Fernandez

J Fernandez

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A concocter of neo-psychedelic lo-fi pop from Chicago, Arkansas native Justin Fernandez aka J Fernandez settled in the city for a day job in 2008 to work for map company Rand McNally. After three EPs, his 2015 debut LP, Many Levels of Laughter put out by Joyful Noise Recordings, garnered positive reception from the press. That year also saw him share the stage with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alvvays, Mitski and Ezra Furman. Over the past decade, his songs by have appeared like unexpected gifts, each time invoking a holiday we didn't realize existed. And like good holidays, these songs are imbued with a mythical energy, full of curious moods, charmed settings and the timelessness of a familiar moment. Fernandez starts skeletons of songs with an organ and a Casio drum machine. Through endless revisions and tweaks, he builds and rebuilds each into complex arrangements. With 'Occasional Din' he mines the sound of the past; drawing influences from vintage Italian pop and soundtrack composers like Bruno Nicolai, Alessandro Alessandroni and Mina, as well as their American contemporaries like The Free Design and Margo Guryan. Lyrically, Fernandez expands on previous themes of isolation by exploring topics such as climate change, trend-forecasting and data collection. The result is a playful pop record that holds a kaleidoscopic mirror up to our need for escapism. New full length, 'Occasional Din', expected Nov 9, is a sunny shoebox diorama for the eternal pessimist.

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