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J Fernandez - Occasional Din
J Fernandez - Occasional Din
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J Fernandez - Occasional Din

Occasional Din is a sunny shoebox diorama for the eternal pessimist. Over the past decade, songs by Chicago artist J Fernandez have appeared like unexpected gifts, each time invoking a holiday we didn't realize existed. Like all good holidays, his songs are imbued with a mythical energy, full of curious moods, charmed settings and the timelessness of a familiar moment. J Fernandez started as the eponymous home recording project of Arkansas born Justin Fernandez, who came to Chicago in 2008 to work for map company Rand McNally.

After three EPs, his 2015 debut LP, Many Levels of Laughter, attracted high praise from the music press – including 8/10s from UNCUT and NME, plus end of year nods from Under The Radar and Brooklyn Vegan, who called it “one of 2015’s most underrated albums”. 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 collectables 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 even designed to look like packaging, more like a candy bar or box of cigarettes than an album cover.

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. 

TRACK LISTING

1. Common Sense
2. Unwind, Volcanic
3. Winter, Don't Need
4. Anything, Wildfire
5. Expressive Machine
6. Rewards
7. Assorted Balloons
8. Method Acting
9. Light Years

PRODUCT DETAILS

Artist:  J Fernandez
Label:  Joyful Noise Recordings
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Indie & Alternative
Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number:  JNR266LPC1
Released: 9 November 2018

Ltd amber LP and download code.

Regular price £20.00