Not too long ago I sang the praises of Chicago experimental pop rock four piece Thin Hymns with their excellent Black Water EP standout “Lady Mountain” and while it may be awhile until we’ve get some new tunes from them, there is a bit of good news. Many of Thin Hymns members are involved in their own very different side projects. Take multi-instrumentalist Justin Fernandez, operating under the pseudonym J Fernandez, he crafts hazy but infectious bedroom pop that’s fathoms deep despite a rather simple, straight forward delivery.
Playing each instrument himself, it’s hard to believe that “Real Flowers” with it’s lilting waltz and blissful harmonies is the work of just one man and therein likes its magic. Chug along drums set the stage for organs, jangly guitar, and Fernandez’ sweetly crooned vocals, all shifting in and out of focus with drive-by counter melodies making themselves known before fading into the layered tapestry of sound.
There’s a lot going on, so much so that a full band is necessary to recreate some of these rather effortless seeming musical moments. It’s a marvel J Fernandez was able to stitch them together so seamlessly in the first place but lucky for us, he was and crafted quite a few of them. You can purchase J Fernandez “No Luck” single on limited edition 7″ as well as download his previous cassette only No Luck and Olympic Village EPs.