Is J Fernandez America’s Next Great Singer-Songwriter?

Justin (J) Fernandez might just be the real sound of America right now. With not an ounce of icey NYC ‘cool’ or hipster LA wankery about him, the Little Rock-born, Chicago-based songwriter’s music taps into that same sense of prevailing sincerity as Elliott Smith and Evan Dando. You could never call him brash or OTT, and that’s kind of the point.

A map-maker by day, he made most of new album ‘Many Levels Of Laughter’ at his apartment in the Windy City’s Humboldt Park area. It’s a lush, Beatlesy trip that bounces delicately between sounding classically psychedelic and more groove-based – with the former illustrated best on new track ‘Between The Channels’, premiered below. ‘Many Levels…’ is released on June 8 by Joyful Noise Recordings.