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Season 2011 Episode 09.06.11

Helado Negro

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For this session, Roberto Carlos Lange rolled into Lovebird Recording with a synthesizer and his voice. With minimal exception, these are the very tools he used when he tucked himself away in rural Connecticut to record a new album with a fresh sound. Canta Lechuza was the result. It is a sparser, even more intimate collection of songs than anything he has previously done under the Helado Negro name or any of his other projects (ROM, Epstein, Boom & Birds). Lange, a Brooklynite by way of South Florida and the child of Ecuadoran immigrants, has a special knack for creating sensuous, intoxicating moods utilizing little more than the synthesizer and a haunting croon. The songs that result wouldn't be out of place accompanying almost any scene to a Sofia Coppola or even a David Lynch film. The majority of Canta Lechuza and the entirety of this session strike me as the soundtrack to all hours drives on desolate highways through sprawling, sleeping cityscapes and but a handful of blinking lights guiding the way forward. I hear electronic wayfaring hymns: the sounds of midnight boats drifting towards shore, a vagabond approaching a mountain refuge with a glowing porch light.moreless
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