Fernandez, J / Many Levels Of Laughter
Album: Many Levels Of Laughter   Collection:General
Artist:Fernandez, J   Added:Aug 2015
Label:Joyful Noise Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-08-17 Pull Date: 2015-10-19
Week Ending: Oct 25 Oct 18 Sep 27 Sep 20 Sep 13 Aug 30 Aug 23
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 2 4 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 03, 2016: Meow: The Best Of 2015
Between The Channels
4. Oct 17, 2015: Mix Tape (Sub for Matt)
Melting Dawn
2. Oct 22, 2015: In The Year One Thousand, Eight Thousand [FQ154x4]
Between The Channels
5. Sep 25, 2015: Meow
Read My Mind
3. Oct 18, 2015: Meow
Read My Mind
6. Sep 18, 2015: Three Boxes Of Magnetized Toner
Casual Encounter

Album Review
Reviewed 2015-08-17
Mellow, intricate psychey bedroom pop.

A finely crafted, dreamy debut album from this Chicago-based songwriter (first name Justin by the way) for fans of the more mellow and muted side of psych rock. Contemplative, open-ended lyrics, and a restrained singing style pair well over harmonies that seem to stay just beneath the surface even with a full band.
FCC CLEAN. Recommended: #3 is my favorite, then 1, 4, 6, 8, 9.
RIYL soft Of Montreal, Mac Demarco, Junip, Velvet Underground?

1. *(3:56) mid. opens with a bright, plucky little riff and great simple beat. “I have no need for competition… communication is a waste of time.” like a tuned down version of something off OM’s Sunlandic Twins.
2. (1:28) slow dreamy instrumental with “ahhs” and xylophone. would fit right in on a twee Wes Anderson soundtrack.
3. *(3:46) mid. I love this one. restrained somewhat pensive vocals, a constant strumming that can’t decide if it’s happy or sad, and an omnipresent eerie high note that makes the tune. mysterious, dreamy, gorgeous.
4. *(4:35) mid. lush and layered, kind of a more familiar/typical psych sound. mellow Tame Impala-y/Oh Sees. refrain of “please don’t listen to me” builds over escalating notes and keys.
5. (1:20) dreaaammy instrumental with horns and interesting drum fills. perfect lead right into…
6. *(3:10) slow-mid. jumps right in 3/4 time, playful, lilting, more horns. ending is cascading beautiful kaleidoscope goodness
7. (3:17) mid. laid-back, floating on clouds kinda feel despite a nice pace feat. maracas and tambourines. hopeful.
8. *(3:36) slow. rather ominous, unsettling opening keys, vocals come in and bass strumming softens things up by the bridge. becomes quite lovely.
9. *(6:34) slow. hypnotic outerspace lullaby: electro riff goes in rounds with echoey vox and gentle beat. “break your habits, try a different route.” last 2 min instrumental. say goodnight.

Track Listing
1. Between The Channels   5. Filled With Joy
2. Markers   6. Holy Hesistation
3. Read My Mind   7. Souveniers
4. Casual Encounter   8. Aphophic
  9. Melting Dawn