Lo- Fang: “Blue Film”




Blue Film

[4AD, 2014]

by Nikita Satapathy


Blue Film is cold. There is no other word to describe it. The lyrics are chilly, morbid, and unpredictable. The beats are sharp but soft. The mood is quiet. But within Lo-Fang’s full length debut album, there are flashes of unrest amid the winter calm it invokes.

Matthew Hemerlein’s (a.k.a. Lo-Fang’s) voice is unique. While it is not powerful, his soft whispers urge the listener to listen and understand his desperation. He is lonely. Yet, he is overwhelmed. He wants to you to learn his mistakes and yours. To him, happiness does not come easily; it should be questioned. And when it comes time to admit his wanting of you, he literally has chills that are multiplying. He wants you to feel it. So much so, that his musical arrangements of stringed instruments and electronica deepen his passion for his words. Who knew something so minimal could sound so seductive?

“Blue Film” sounds like it should fade into the background. It’s not loud. It’s very indie. But is that really a bad thing?

Recommended tracks:

  • “Light Year”
  • “Animal Urges”
  • “You’re the One That I Want”
  • “Boris”