Ward), and Adam Selzer; the first two mixing two songs each, and Coykendall and Selzer jointly mixing the rest of the album. Featuring a who's who of Northwest musicians, as always, Fernando brought in Scott McPherson (Beck, M. Ward, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Neill Finn) on drums, Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine) on electric guitar, Joe Chuisano on bass, backing vocals, farfisa organ, and glockenspiel. As well as Lewi Longmire on B-3 orgna, Mike Coykendall on piano, acoustic guitar, and baritone guitar, Paul Brainard (Richmond Fontaine) on trumpet, and Joe "Sly Pig" Cunningham (The Decemberists, Bobby Bare Jr.) played saxophone on one track. The album is a return to form for Fernando, following 2006's heavily pop-leaning "Enter To Exit" (In Music We Trust) and 2001's stark, acoustic focus on "Dreams of the Sun and Sky" (Domingo Records). "True Instigator" offers up straight-ahead rock, alt.
country, starkness, and haunting melodies, bridging the gap between his 1999's "Old Man Motel" (Domingo Records), arguably Fernando's most straight-ahead rock album to date, "Dreams of the Sun and Sky", and "Enter To Exit". Critically lauded, Fernando was named by Magnet Magazine as one of the ten "Artists To Watch in 2006", proclaiming, "'Enter to Exit' spins like an especially fine George Harrison record from the late 70s... Long a musicians' and critics' favorite, Viciconte deserves a wider audience, and 'Enter to Exit' is a fine introduction for the uninitiated". While Billboard commented, "Portland is home to one of the most intriguing sounds of the past 20 years of new rock... Upon first listen to 'Enter to Exit', the brilliant new album from Portland songwriter Fernando Viciconte, you may feel you’ve uncovered some super secret studio session between Elliott Smith and Jon Brion." Other critics shared in the praise, with MSNBC also applauding Fernando as an artist you need to know, writing, "(Fernando’s) just released the incredibly accomplished can’t-get-the-songs-out-of-your-head Beatles-esque pop album, 'Enter to Exit'", and No Depression said Fernando is "utterly beautiful and convincing.
" Not to be outdone, Paste Magazine wrote of Fernando, "...'Enter to Exit' nails it, smoothly alternating between infectiously bouncy pop and wretchedly depressing, country-inflected rock. Supporting every song is a solid base of classic rock ... The result hooks into you with an aggressive urgency that’s hard to ignore, and a familiarity so profound it seems almost like Fernando isn’t just playing music – he’s uncovering something that’s already in you." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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