Leave The Radio On is as original an album since the concept of records themselves. Blazing a cacaphony of sound and following no blueprint, a bonafide breath of fresh air in a roots music scene that sees way too many impressionist and not enough artist. Viciconte leaves all the blood in the water, enticing the sharks with their constant need to bite on a new edge or sound. By the time the press is done with this record there will be more than a few biters, and rightfully so,
No Depression Review-Oct 1 2015 Scott Zuppardo
There's a good chance that if you don't live in Portland, Oregon you have never heard of Fernando Viciconte and that's too bad, because he stands in his own class as a singer and songwriter. This new collection of songs, Leave the Radio On, just might be the best thing he has ever done. Expect Americana, expect Psychedelia, expect to be surprised.
"A full pull: Mesmerizing guitars, images that dig in and melodies that stay long after the earbuds fall.
-Richard Buckner quote for Leave the Radio On.
"only with the most sublime singer/songwriters, such as Fernando, can the artist achieve a true, observable measure of grace in his music, the kind that genuinly goes beyond the listener's ears to his core. This is not only achieved a handful of times throughout Fernando's career but in several of the songs on Leave the Radio On.
Fernando Viciconte: Portland's Best Kept Secret.
No Depression Interview-Oct 2015 by Cara Gibney
"As is to be expected(Leave the Radio On), it's an engrossing collection of experimental, imaginative rock and folk, with flame tinged edges of 60's garage and American-style psychedelia"
Portland Mercury-Ned Lannamann Aug 27 2015
"Wikepedia Says the name Fernando means "courageous,adventurer, conqueror, and leader," and as longtime watchers of Portland's Americana scene know, in the case of Fernando Viciconte, that's no misnomer".
Willamette Week Review-Jeff Rosenberg (LTRO) Aug 26 2015
"although clearly pleased with collapse into now, R.E.M.'s fifteenth studio album in 30 years, buck is equally enthused about fernando viciconte, a portland based argentinian rocker on whose session he's due to play in a few hours"
Peter Buck interview-Mojo March-2011
Fernando Viciconte's new album won't come out until next year, but his new single "The Dogs" provides a more-than-adequate glimpse into the lysergic bent his new material might be taking. Featuring Peter Buck on guitar and Scott McCaughey on Farfisa organ, the A-side is a kaleidoscope-eyes stew of captivating sounds: Is that a sitar? A seagull? What's making that droning feedback, turning the background hum from Buffalo Springfield's "Everydays" up to 11? The B-side, "Donna (The Pride of Topeka)," is an acoustic-driven story-song that momentarily melts into noir-like Western ambiance. On both, Fernando offers a detached, almost Lennon-like vocal that positions itself with a keen bird's-eye view. The 7-inch is the Portland songwriter's first-ever vinyl release, and it more than whets the appetite for what's to come. NL
Portland Mercury 2014
Fernando Viciconte combines incisively melodic songwriting, edgy, Crazy Horse-like rock and a passionate vocal twang that leaves no doubt he means every note that springs from his lips. Think of a south of the border-inflected Neil Young, or Tom Petty in his angst-ier days.
The record(True Instigator)vibrates with warmth and immediacy—even with the specter of death looming over it.
A live-sounding collection that waltzes with mortality and disappointment but still sounds exuberant....Pop/Americana classic
True Instigator) It's a
rich, effective roots-rock album filled with moments of tastefully coiled fury. Its a damn fine record...
"an eclectic musician who writes about the same world i live in & sings with just the right amount of abandon... where has he been all my life?
- Don Dixon Producer REM, SMITHEREENS.
(True Instigator) has its moments of quiet beauty, but Fernando Viciconte
and his bandmates seem more like provocateurs than mere spectators this
time around. Soulful, rootsy, pop-influenced and poised, Fernando has once
again crafted a fantastic album.
Fernando was named by Magnet Magazine as one of the ten "Best New Artist's of 2006".
" Enter to Exit spins like
an especially fine George Harrison record from the late 70’s… Long
a musicians' and critics' favorite, Viciconte deserves a wider audience,
and Enter to Exit is a fine introduction for the uninitiated"
.– Magnet-issue 93
“Portland is home to one of the most intriguing
sounds of the past 20 years of new rock....Upon first listen to
Enter to Exit, the brilliant new album from Portland songwriter
Fernando Viciconte, you may feel you’ve uncovered some super secret
studio session between Elliott Smith and Jon Brion.” – - Billboard
“New artist you need to know… (Fernando’s) just
released the incredibly accomplished can’t-get-the-songs-out-of-your-head
Beatles-esque pop album, Enter to Exit.” – MSNBC
"Uterrly beautiful and convincing."
”...Enter to Exit nails it, smoothly alternating
between infectiously bouncy pop and wretchedly depressing, country-inflected
rock. Supporting every song is a solid base of classic rock – ...
The result hooks into you with an aggressive urgency that’s hard
to ignore, and a familiarity so profound it seems almost like Fernando
isn’t just playing music – he’s uncovering something that’s already
in you.” –
“Every so often an album catches you by surprise.
For summer 2006, I think that album is Fernando’s Enter to Exit.
Great songs, start to finish. Fronted by Portland singer/songwriter
Fernando Viciconte, and featuring touring members of The Eels, the
album boasts captivating melodies supporting beautifully dark lyrical
content… For fans of 1960s and ‘70s melodic pop, Enter to Exit is
top notch.” –
“Fernando Viciconte and his fellow bandmates record
beautifully melodic upbeat pop that comes straight from the heart…
Melodies are what make Fernando’s music so appealing and inviting.
Instead of churning out throwaway pop, this man writes and records
songs that have real substance and unique flavor. The more we hear
Enter To Exit...the more impressed we are.” 5/5 – Baby Sue
"Fernando writes compelling pop songs with
captivating melodies and lush vocal harmonies. Bouncy and charming
guitars juggle the bass and drums into rhythmic waves of clever
ballads… (with) instrumentation which belies a roots rock intention
smartly wrapped in bubble wrap of indie pop.” – Smother
“Fernando Viciconte sure knows how to grab and keep
the listener’s attention… (his) songs are able to make the listener
feel both good and bad, simultaneously and Enter To Exit proves
that the death of melody has been greatly exaggerated.” – Amplifier.
"With the release of Enter To Exit, Fernando
is set to prove to the world that he has a very unique voice, and
that he can craft amazingly complex simple songs that will certainly
stick in the listener's head with repeated exposure. These songs
extort empathy from their listeners with a straightforward honesty
in a way that most modern pop music doesn't tend to be able to achieve.
And while the songs on Enter To Exit can be somewhat traced back
to their cumulative roots, it is easy to see that Fernando has the
same songsmithing prowess as did a young David Bowie… and he's not
afraid to use it."
"Viciconte is a formidable, personal songwriter,
and his confessional tone finds a perfect vessel in the band's well-timed
twists, turns and key changes. The production is seamless when it
needs to be and absolutely epic at other times. Fernando's album-ending
"Waiting," which takes a cue from "I Shall Be Released,"
is one of the more gorgeously thick tracks I've heard in a long
time. The tune is carried by its slightly psychedelic production
and Viciconte's commanding vocals, and it holds a couple of the
many chill-inducing moments on Enter to Exit, which Fernando hides
like easter eggs throughout. If the rest of Fernando's back catalog
is as hook-laden and charming as this pop jewel, I'm pretty much
over the Posies."
The Willamette Week
"a gorgeous alt-country collection that could
end up defining his career" ".......In the song "From
Now On," Fernando claims that he is "just a man who can
smile when he lies," which reminds me of the great P.T. Barnum
who once famously put a sign above a tent flap that read "Behold
the great egress!" The rubes that didn't realize that `egress'
meant `exit' and not some kind of exotic bird or mythical monster
ended up outside the circus, having to pay a second entrance fee.
I wonder if that's what Fernando meant with the title Enter to Exit.
In any case, once the album ends, you end up more than willing to
pay that second entrance fee".