Blue Film (CD)


Lo-Fang

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Amoeba Review

02/24/2014

Lo-Fang isn’t your average budding pop star. Sure, Matthew Hemerlein has high cheekbones and is opening for Lorde, but he’s also a classically trained player of seemingly every stringed instrument, thus a song like “Look Away,” while it blasts with radio-ready choruses, has layers of digitally altered violins and closes with an intimate ukulele and viola backdrop for Hemerlein’s mellifluous voice to float over. “Boris” lays a dark, casting-couch-style tale over spare, gothy guitars, piano and tribalesque beat, in a seeming nod to the history of the 4AD label to which he’s signed. Occasionally Hemerlein gets mired in his own gloom, but like the best miserablists, Hemerlein knows to keep things moving, and the record’s second half delivers on tracks like the nearly seven-minute “#88,” a stunning, elliptical pastiche of sounds that allows ample room for Hemerlein’s voice to soar and wonder when things will ever get better. And he does the seemingly impossible by making “Grease’s” “You’re the One That I Want” more than listenable, dropping it a key and making it a creepy ode to obsession. With chops and charisma to spare, Blue Film announces the arrival of an exciting new talent.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Look Away
Lo-Fang 05:00
2.
Boris
Lo-Fang 03:37
3.
When We're Fire
Lo-Fang 03:48
4.
Light Year
Lo-Fang 03:59
5.
Blue Film
Lo-Fang 03:04
6.
Interlude
Lo-Fang 00:30
7.
#88
Lo-Fang 06:48
8.
Intro
Lo-Fang 00:25
9.
Animal Urges
Lo-Fang 05:01
10.
Confusing Happiness
Lo-Fang 03:04
11.
You're the One That I Want
Lo-Fang 03:24
12.
Permutations
Lo-Fang 03:31

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