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.

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 didnít carry over into the recording itself, and Hemerleinís chilled-out songs tend to mimic the sensation of relaxing in a hip, fantastically appointed lounge.

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