HELADO NEGRO (USA) – THIS IS HOW YOU SMILE

  • Artist:

    HELADO NEGRO (USA)

  • Release Date::

    8th March, 2019

  • Label:

    RVNG International

HELADO NEGRO (USA) – THIS IS HOW YOU SMILE

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Blush now, They can’t know
Lifelong, History shows
That, Brown won’t go
Brown just glows
Please Won’t Please

Cause it’s cold
And hard to remember what the sun feels like
And it’s okay to cry
When it feels like it won’t ever come back
Imagining What To Do

Modulations in your smile
Displacement that I can not imitate
Forms in the background
The spectral echo
Fantasma Vaga

All Lyrics: Roberto Carlos Lange

MINI REVIEW

“It’s been an absolute pleasure and an inspiration to spend the last two weeks or so with the sixth album This Is How You Smile, from Florida born and Brooklyn based American artist Roberto Carlos Lange aka Helado Negro. Rarely has defiance and a clarion call for self-empowerment been delivered in such a gentle, familial yet steely and forthright fashion. And there is wistful melancholy and a sad realisation at times of just how far the world and his native United States has to go for racial and cultural justice and respect to be achieved. But Lange is unbowed in his determination to present his life and art in his own way and at his own pace and that in a sense is the best form of individual defence against poor quality thinking and systemic injustice.  Timeless in style and quality, from tropical and Latin pop to funk, and soul, Lange’s music is rooted instrumentally speaking in the traditional but is also simultaneously modern and masterful in its use of electronics and atmospherics for score of depth and quality of feeling .

The airy delicate touch of opener ‘Please Won’t Please’ belies its searing subject matter as does the lilting tropical feel of ‘Pais Nublado’, a track about identity, realisation and endurance amidst great uncertainty. The twinkling synths of its forebear, Fantasma Vaga’ only partly mask its subject matter, the daily anxiety of living with a fraught self concept and how that feeds into a lack of self confidence and self belief. ‘Seen The Aura’ ups the ante a little with its downtempo funk accompanying its courting nature while ‘Sabana De Luz’ plays a similar role in a completely different way with its constantly heightened strum as Lange searches for metaphorical descriptions of the infinite. As inviting as it is intellectual, as Helado Negro on This Is How You Smile, Lange has delivered in his own idiosyncratically illuminating and beautifully subversive way, a universal musical treatise on the power of the individual to overcome.” James Stocker – Indie30.

TRACKLIST

1. Please Won’t Please
2. Imagining What To Do
3. Echo For Camperdown Curio
4. Fantasma Vaga
5. Pais Nublado
6. Running
7. Seen My Aura
8. Sabana De Luz
9. November 7
10. Todo La Que Me Falta
11. Two Lucky
12. My Name Is For My Friend

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ALBUM VIDEOS

 

Please Won’t Please

Helado Negro (USA)

From the album, ‘This Is How You Smile’, RVNG International.

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Official Video

 

Pais Nublado

Helado Negro (USA)

From the album, ‘This Is How You Smile’, RVNG International.

Audio Stream

Official Video

 

Running

Helado Negro (USA)

From the album, ‘This Is How You Smile’, RVNG International.

Audio Stream

Official Video

Official Video