J Fernandez

J Fernandez (photo Alexa Viscius)

J Fernandez has shared a video for new song “Volcanic Winter” taken from his new album “Occasional Din”.

Started as the eponymous home recording project of Arkansas born Justin Fernandez, who came to Chicago in 2008, after three EPs, his 2015 debut LP Many Levels of Laughter attracted high praise from the music press.  That year also saw him share the stage with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alvvays, Mitski, and Ezra Furman.

Fernandez is a hunter of what is lost and a seeker for that which is forgotten, spending his free time photographing missing gloves which have been split from their other half or scouring the Craigslist collectibles section for treasures otherwise consigned to oblivion. He celebrates the mundane, allowing it to permeate his music and its surrounding ephemera – The album’s minimal artwork is designed to look like packaging, more like a candy bar or box of cigarettes than an album cover.

Enlisting the mixing services of Cooper Crain (Bonnie Prince Billy, Circuit Des Yeux, Bitchin Bajas), along with utilizing instruments such as vibraphone and clavinet, Fernandez fleshes out the orchestration and flair for experimentation he began to explore in his debut on his new offering.  This also meant a diligent month-long search for a harpsichord which ended with him recording in a stranger’s basement.

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