Concert preview: Lo-Fang keeps things low-key on Blue Film

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From the April 17, 2014 edition

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Matthew Hemerlein, who records and performs under the Lo-Fang banner, laid his debut effort Blue Film to tape following a stretch where he crisscrossed the globe like some kind of musical Carmen Sandiego, venturing to far-off locales like Cambodia and Bali.

But while the music might have been inspired by his travels, this sense of restlessness didn’t carry over into the recording itself, and Hemerlein’s chilled-out songs tend to mimic the sensation of relaxing in a hip, fantastically appointed lounge.

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