It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to a marvelous boy-wonder named Nathan Finochio, wearing the moniker of Alexander Fairchild for his self-titled LP. His reputation precedes him, as it takes a witness to really understand the churning wheels at work in his mind. He is a musical person, if I’ve ever met one. He’s got this ability to resurrect old instruments, emitting sounds never-heard before on their tired keys and vibrating strings. What emerges are his beautiful songs, some borrowed from the great catalogue of nostalgia in his mind, most written as a letter to love and all it’s perils.
With a restless spirit, he wears too many hats for any of us to track- a veteran music-maker, a producer, a youth pastor, a baseball-lover, a romantic, a writer, and likely juggling a few other jobs he’ll reveal when we’re ready for him. And I say this only in great confidence that you would be friends, should you ever meet.
This project has grown it’s own legs since my quiet return home, as I’ve often wondered whether Nathan had fallen through a crack in the earth, or had gotten himself into some real trouble with the law and was paying for it. Yet amidst all the adventures I’d conjured up as to where my dear friend had gone- he casually returns from the still November with a stunning collection of songs.
There’s a versatility in his prose, adopting a playful Southern drawl in songs like, ‘Battle of New Orleans’ and ‘Sarah A’along with mellow ballads likened to old Iron and Wine like, ‘Easier than Breathing’. The simplicity and repeptitve build of ‘Very First Time’ carries with it rythmic harmonies that stretch and rise to explode and fade like fireworks. His ‘Happy Birthday’ song is a transformation of the dulled tradition, finding himself wandering into new musical territories, while offering up the sweetest melodies for the sweetest girls. ‘Oh Lord’ is a fierce and perspiring Revival celebration jumping beneath the white tents of the South, with the Great Guest invited with words nothing less than pure joy.
Alexander Fairchild is a delight, re-affirming that the only certainty about Finochio is his wild unpredictability and remarkable talent. This is for the hibernating months ahead, may they be filled with the sounds of the lazy South and boys in love.
Buy the album HERE
Alexander Fairchild- Very First Time
Alexander Fairchild- Happy Birthday
Alexander Fairchild- Oh, Lord