Lange was born and raised in southern Florida, the son of Ecuadorian parents, and grew up surrounded by the sounds of Miami bass, hip hop, dance music and Latin-American folk songs. His own early songs drew on these traditions, forming instrumental, ambient, sample-based compositions. Lange recorded under various names: La Muerte Blanca, Boom & Birds, and Epstein, but it wasn’t until he was nearly 30 that his voice formed part of the mix. Helado Negro took shape, blending electronic pop with folk.
His albums are soulful explorations. Private Energy from 2016, for example, is a meditation on identity, and connection. 2019’s This Is How You Smile travels even further along the bridge between the personal and the universal, tracing human histories across countries, through memories and time.
Far In delves still deeper within.
Scientist and cosmologist Carl Sagan once wrote, “If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed.” Lange acknowledges the mystery, and is in no hurry to finish the conversation. “We can move in slow motion, just watch me/ We can take our time in cosmic balance,” he sings on Gemini and Leo, a tender synth-pop love song dedicated to his longtime partner Kristi Sword. Such rhythmic tracks sit side-by-side with more meditative moments. The downbeat breakbeats of Agosto (feat. Buscabulla) and the arpeggiated folk melodies of Wind Conversations bring a low-lit glow like golden hour, and a chill like last light before nightfall.
The album is characteristically contemplative, and joyful. An invitation from Lange to dance, and reflect.
Far In by Helado Negro is out Oct 22 via 4AD/Remote Control.
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