Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lo-Fang: When We're Fire + Look Away

It can be an ungrateful job to be an opening act, but it can also prove to be a big career boost. Here's hoping Matthew Hesmerlein aka Lo-Fang gains many new fans during his upcoming concerts in March and April supporting New Zealand wunderkind Lorde on her U.S.tour.

The Baltimore native, L.A. based artist's debut full-length 'Blue Film' was released this week on UK label 4AD.  The twelve tracks were written and recorded in a farmhouse in Maryland, as well as hotels and studios in Cambodia, London, and Nashville, before being completed in the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.  Hesmerlein is classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano and guitar, performing all the instruments on the album, including the banjo.

Two hypnotic videos accompany the stellar tracks "When We're Fire" and "Look Away"; both clips perfectly compliment his gorgeous vocals, so seamlessly weaved into a rich fabric of sounds.