Fernando Offering New CD Free
The record will be available from his website, http://www.fernandoviciconte.com, for free for ninety days, before being released commercially via digital retailers such as iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, and others.
"True Instigator", Fernando's seventh full-length, and first to be released completely digital, was recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon by Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M. Ward). It was mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Sleater-Kinney, Stephan Malkmus), Luther Russell (Richmond Fontaine), Mike Coykendall (M. 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 organ, Mike Coykendall on piano, acoustic guitar, and baritone guitar, Paul Brainard (Richmond Fontaine) on trumpet, and Joe "Slide 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".
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