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About J Fernandez

Crafting expansively arranged pop with a distinctive bedroom production, songwriter J Fernandez slowly built a catalog of understatedly beautiful recordings. Transplanting to Chicago from Arkansas in the early 2000s, Fernandez issued several EPs before a proper debut full-length arrived in 2015 with the Joyful Noise release Many Levels of Laughter. He supported the record with live dates opening for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alvvays, Mitski, and others and worked toward his 2018 follow-up Occasional Din.

Justin Fernandez (aka J Fernandez) settled in Chicago for a day job at a map-making company 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 is 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. He followed up in 2018 with sophomore album Occasional Din. ~ Marcy Donelson

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