Roberto Carlos Lange, who goes through Helado Negro, the latest album “Far In” is here. This album is his seventh full album. In an exclusive interview, he shared the inspiration behind it, how the pandemic has shaped it, his favorite songs and more.
Helado Negro started working on the album “Far In” before the pandemic
Helado Negro found himself doing “Far In” as he wrapped up his previous album, “This is How You Smile”, which was released in 2019.
“The second I finished the last album, I knew exactly what I wanted ‘Far In’ to sound like,” said Lange, “That’s exactly what I was hoping to do. Lock or not containment. “
Although this album started before the pandemic, some parts still reflect the times we are in: “I was already on this path. I was recording a lot of stuff in 2019, ”says Lange,“ but I think it all came together during that time. “
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Helado Negro found inspiration for the album “Far in” in Texas.
Roberto and his partner, visual artist Kristi Sword, had planned to travel to Marfa, Texas for a residency in early 2020 to work on their collaborative project. Once the pandemic hit, they decided to stay in Marfa all summer, inspiring Roberto to write a significant number of songs on the next album.
“Texas was beautiful. Marfa, Texas is isolated, we were able to just walk around and enjoy it, ”Lange shared his experience in Texas during the pandemic,“ It was dark and difficult for us, but we were lucky to be together and in a place where we could go outside.
His single “La Naranja” is about changing the world, “It’s not about recycling cans, but about thinking about how we can connect and understand, we think we have it forever and it is. we may not have it. “
They were in Marfa, Texas, near Big Bend National Park. “I had a new deep connection with nature in particular. I know that recycling cans is not going to change our future, but I think it always starts with a conversation to inspire more people, ”Helado Negro found inspiration for his songs in this environment.
Helado Negro used home videos for the music video for “Outside the Outside”.
For the video for “Outside the Outside”, Lange used personal images from parties organized by his parents. “I had a stack of VHS tapes, and then I saw these party videos my parents always had at home. I think they really hooked up at a time that was really happy and I think a lot of us are tapping into those videos.
Helado Negro also created his album cover from these tapes. “The cover is a screenshot of my face from a personal video from my first trip to Ecuador in 1988.”
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Helado Negro’s new album is filled with special moments
Helado Negro couldn’t choose which song he liked the most, “Mirror Talk was really a special song for me. It was the first song I knew was going to be on the album. Oreo is also one of my favorites. The ones with features like ‘Agosto’ with Buscabulla, the one with my friend Benamin, ‘Telescope’. I love them all.”
According to Lange, there is no prescribed way to listen to this album, “I feel that music always lives on its own planet and in its own time, so whenever it comes to people, it comes to them. comes at the right time, in the right place. “
Helado Negro has started performing live again and is working on his next project.
Helado Negro is back on stage and he’s excited. “It was a little weird, but I think part of it is muscle memory,” Lange said in mitú, “I think for the most part it’s exciting. I think it’s enjoyable but scary, so it’s a bit of both.
At the release of his album, Helado Negro is already looking to the future. “I’ve written a lot, I’ve written a lot of new songs already,” said Lange, “It’s kinda crazy.”
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