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Album Review

The dreamy soundworlds Roberto Carlos Lange created on Awe Owe and Invisible Life were steeped in a nostalgic haze that, in theory, seems like a perfect fit for Double Youth, which was inspired by a long-lost poster he discovered while cleaning out a closet in his childhood home. While Lange's fondness for gauzy sounds is definitely on display on his fourth album, it also features some of his most direct and funky songs yet. He conveys Double Youth's childlike essence with bouncy melodies and rhythms, like the hopscotching beat on "It's Our Game" and the playful swing of "Ojos Que No Ven," both of which embody youth rather than looking back on it longingly. Throughout the album, Lange moves between past and present — "Myself on 2 U" and "That S**t Makes Me Sad" have a distinctly grown-up perspective — and Spanish and English with a seamlessness that's all the more impressive for how effortless it sounds. "Friendly Arguments" and "Queriendo" give the drifting feel of Helado Negro's earlier work a more purposeful pulse, but Double Youth's standouts are remarkably streamlined. "I Krill You" gets listeners' attention with its echoing beats, heavy bass, and brassy coda; "Triangulate"'s wavering bassline nods in dubstep's general direction in a way that's more spellbinding than heavy-handed; and "Invisible Heartbeat" sets soulful harmonies afloat a rolling rhythm section. If this is the direction Lange takes on future Helado Negro albums, it's an exciting development indeed.

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Biography

Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of experimental electronic producer Roberto Carlos Lange's numerous monikers, Helado Negro is a collaborative project associated with Asthmatic Kitty Records that made its album debut in 2009 with Awe Owe. Born in South Florida in 1980 of Ecuadorian heritage, Lange made his recording debut in the early 2000s, when he released music under a few different monikers, most notably ROM (a collaboration with drummer Matt Crum), Epstein, and Boom & Birds. The eponymous album ROM (2005) on Wimm Recordings...
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