Above: Promotional photo of Roberto Lange of Helado Negro. Photo by Ryan Dickie/ Courtesy of Perfect Pitch PR
From the room he grew up in, in South Florida, to his apartment in Savannah, where that restless tropical silent partner, humidity, continued to creep in, and now in his current home in Brooklyn - Roberto Lange of Helado Negro has never not made music.
Tones whittled out of these places, memories, time and all its impressions, "Invisible Life" is Helado Negro's third full-length album. Like captured light, it is a reflection of Helado Negro's refined love affair with synthesis, sampling, and his own strengthening voice.
Singing in English for the first time, as well as Spanish, Helado Negro is assisted by collaborators including Bear in Heaven's Jon Philpot, Mouse on Mars' Jan St. Werner, Devendra Barnhart, Matt Crum and Eduardo Alonso. Each help multiply the whispered dream of Helado Negro into a full-spectrum technicolor existence.
In the way of artists like Caetano Veloso, The Sea and Cake, and even Sade, Helado Negro floats beyond his own identity into that democratic forest of shape and color. He breaks the ice on "Invisible Life" with "Ilumina Vos" where he's talking to you in the language he's been teaching us the past three years through his seductive full-length albums, EP & collaboration with Julianna Barwick.
"Invisible Life" is out now on Asthmatic Kitty.