Justin Fernandez (aka J Fernandez) is a young singer song writer from Chicago, who’s is turning heads with his lofi and softly spoken psychedelia. Drawing references from the likes of Sparklehorse, Elliot Smith and Jim O’Rourke, but you could also add in hints of the Byrds and even maybe hints of Donovan and the psychedelic folk movement of the 60’s.
What Justin Fernandez does might not be entirely new, but he manages to capture so many emotions in at times very few words. He mixes very lushious psychedelic lofi melodies with dark downtoned lyrics. His use lyrical metaphores does have a bit of Mark Linkous feel, embraced with the emotionally earnest feel of Jim O’Rourke or Elliot Smith.
What he manages to capture on record is a very analogue grainy feel, which at its heart is very psychedelic and rich in atmosphere. The reverby guitars have shades of the Byrds mixed in with Doors like stodgy synths. You could be forgiven for making comparisons with Brian Jonestown Massacre, but the deeper you look the more you will find. There are nods in his sound towards the likes of other underground American artists like Kelley Stoltz and Jackdragg.
So Far Fernandez has just made a couple of releases through independent labels like Joyous Noise and french label Atelier Ciseaux. Here below is everything he has released do far.