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J. DiMenna

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With one ear to the ground, the other to the sky, always observing humanity with a sideways smile and a fist, J DiMenna delivers the most profound and prophetic album from an unknown artist in years. “Awkward Buildings” is an album that Dr. Dave Bowman’s son would have been listening to on his headphones, waiting for an aeroplane.

J DiMenna discovered music at an early age, torturing his family by making them wait in the car before a trip to Grandma’s while he chose the soundtrack for the car ride. His tastes were wide in range, but always shared the common thread of being emotionally honest and musically adventurous. And if his parents would hate it, well, so much the better.

J showed an immediate talent for the arts when he was young – drawing cartoons, acting in the school play and singing in the choir. But classes remained a consistent struggle, until he enrolled at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC where he met now label-mate, Jar-e and played clarinet occasionally in ooloo orchestra. Their five piece genre bending band became a fixture on the college scene.

DiMenna immersed himself in styles of the acoustic guitar - from alternate tunings, bluegrass fingerstyle, the inventive guitar arrangements of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, to the dark musings of Leonard Cohen and the fresh optimism of Cat Stevens. He moved on to discover legions of indie rock - Neutral Milk Hotel, Rachels, Wilco, Cat Power, and onto the likes of Elliot Smith and Radiohead. Building on years of careful listening, he began crafting his own songs.

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