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Joyful Noise Recordings (Chad VanGaalen, Swamp Dogg) drop an LP of pleasant jangle-fuzz from Chicago singer-songwriter J Fernandez. Occasional Din is an apt title for this record. From time to time things get loud, but as a general rule Fernandez is happy to allow his airy ditties to pootle along in a manner reminiscent of Mac Demarco and Ultimate Painting.

Vinyl LP £19.49 JNR266LPC1

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Occasional Din by J Fernandez
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8/10 Clinton 07 November 2018

I can't decide on many things in life but this mornings issue (and I know it's not a big one in the scheme of things) is that I can't decide which album I like better this or the Stephen Steinbrink one.  Both are made up of clever and engaging lo-fi pop. Not dissimilar from each other in style and substance but there's a lopsided pop quirkiness to this that is really getting into my ears particularly in the early parts of the album. 

Like Steinbrink he's keen on e-bowed guitar solos and one of them runs wildly across Unwind which is like some lost Brian Eno pop experiment from the bowels of the 1970s. But I'm particularly enamoured by Volcanic Winter  - a truly lovely track with more than a passing nod to Broadcast in it's style and melody. You know that feeling when you listen to an album and realise you are enjoying it? This happens several times in the duration of this playful album.  Don't Need Anything begins like a Stereolab song then lurches into some lovely plaintive Mac De Marco melodies. 

It all has that home fi buzz and a warm analogue feel to the songwriting with nice chunky chord changes. In fact I can't find much not to enjoy. Great stuff and a nice surprise.  



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