The music of J. Fernandez sounds old and new, trippy and straight ahead. Some sounds are found, some are of his own creation. A mapmaker for Rand McNally here in Chicago by day and musician by night, Fernandez’s music has been described as “a kind of textural, geometric indie rock” by The Guardian and “proudly intelligent” by the New York Times. The debut album Many Levels of Laughter comes out Tuesday. Before he heads off to continue a tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Morning Shift introduces you to J. Fernandez’ music and story.