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Helado Negro (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Roberto Carlos Lange is a busy guy. He’s worked as a studio guru on records by Bear in Heaven and Prefuse 73 and collaborated with Julianna Barwick on OMBRE, a project that yielded an album called Believe You Me, which sounds pretty much as you’d expect from a pair of artists who like to indulge in atmospheric subtlety. Then there are Lange’s various solo endeavors, the most prominent of which is Helado Negro, whose most recent album, Invisible Life, finds the Florida native combining his various interests — from Tropicalia and various strains of Latin music to esoteric Trip Hop and curious sounds seemingly inspired by nature — to create an Electro Pop record of rare beauty. Cool side note: Cincinnati artist Paul Coors designed Invisible Life’s cover art.
YDIIYD: The Sea and Cake, an ethereal Cornelius, Mountains on a trip to South America. (JG)