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This debut album from L.A.-based producer Lo Fang (a.k.a. Matthew Hemerlein) was written and recorded during travels that landed him in studios in London, Nashville, and L.A. with GRAMMY® Award–winning producer Francois Tetaz. The classically trained violinist, cellist, bassist, pianist, and guitarist mixes classical, R&B, electronic music, folk, and pop into his own sparse brand of existential art-song. The title track, for example, features the plink of ukulele strings, orchestral synths, and automated handclaps, with no other discernible rhythm alongside Hemerlein’s sweet but stoic vocals. Novel musical arrangements invigorate what could be a heavy and dry collection. “Look Away” works a melodic, straightforward synth-pop hit single. “#88” spends near seven minutes building from sparse ukulele licks to gorgeous falsetto flights and ascending synth lines. A deliberately restrained version of “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease (with Hemerlein performing both Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s parts) is so solemn that one wonders if he’d been listening to another former 4AD artist, Red House Painters’ Mark Kozelek, for inspiration.

Customer Reviews


"Confusing Happiness" and "You're the One That I Want" are incredible.


Lo-Fang is a good singer and a great musician. To me, his melodies sound uninspired though. None of them really move me. There's just something missing from his songs. I can't put my finger on it.

Really Great.

You need to be in the right mood to listen to this, I think. It’s for those days where you don’t want to do anything, but your mind is still at its peak. The album is masterfully written and produced, but it’s disguised as lazy music.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Lo-Fang is an alias of Matthew Hemerlein, a singer and songwriter who draws from folk, R&B, and downcast electronic music. Also an instrumentalist who can play bass, guitar, cello, piano, and violin -- he picked up his first instrument at the age of five -- Hemerlein released an album, Hot Nickels, under his birth name in 2011. He later signed to 4AD and debuted Lo-Fang with the gentle and shuffling 12" single "#88" in October 2013. The album Blue Film, conceived in several locations...
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