After 10 years with Westbound Train, vocalist/trombonist/songwriter Obi Fernandezfelt the need to try something new. Confessions, Waves and the Garden State record is still dominated by his unique vocal delivery and love of classic reggae and soul music, but it experiments with a wider variety of grooves than Obi has ever attempted before.
Writing and planning the record in New Jersey and recording it on the West Coast reveals a new side of Obi's personal style. This arrangement allowed Obi the opportunity to play with musicians he'd never played or recorded with before, including members of The Expanders, The Aggrolites, The Lions, and more. Greg Teal and everyone at Hurley Studios provided a great working environment, Brian Dixon brought his recording/mixing talents and his vast ska/reggae knowledge, and drummer/producer Eric Novod teamed with Obi to arrange this “dream list” of musical styles that comprise the songs on the record.
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Acoustic sessions, interviews and behind the scenes studio footage can all be found below...
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Confessions, Waves and the Garden State is now available from Paper + Plastick Records! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE ALBUM!
Stream the entire record here!
The album release show will take place Oct. 4th 2012 at the Upstairs Middle East in Boston featuring The Pomps, Soul Rebel Project and Rikki Rocksteady. Tickets are $9 in advance ($10 at door) and available here!
Taken from the Japanese liner notes of Confessions Waves and The Garden State. My album will be released in Japan courtesy of Ska in the World Records:
"I’ve waited a long time to make a record like “Confessions, Waves and The Garden State”. The idea of making a solo record has always been something that has been appealing to me. The songs and opportunities have always been there but with Westbound being so busy, making a record was never something that could actually materialize...
Could it be a stranger night? The basements filled with kids. I don't know. Not beautiful like your songs, but all awkward and alone and don't belong. I saw a vacant seat. I sat down next to you. I thought of all the boys that wanted to. I laughed out loud. Do you hate this band too? I smiled a nervous smile, but I warmed up and acted cool standing by the stove. And your eyes made it strange and I felt out of place. Wondering if you... if you could take her place. You can't be sly. You can't forget her. You don't ask why. You can't forget her. Give up. What hope do you have to save her? Give up. What hope do you have to save her?
Thanks for a great night NJ.
Obi Fernandez has released an acoustic video / song explanation for “It Happens To Me,” the opening track off of his debut solo record, Confessions, Waves and The Garden State, via UnitedReggae.com. The track has a laid-back, fun reggae vibe that gets brought through with the acoustic version.