Helado Negro returns with This Is How You Smile, an album that freely flickers between clarity and obscurity, past and present geographies, bright and unhurried seasons. Miami-born, New York-based artist Roberto Carlos Lange embraces a personal and universal exploration of aura - seen, felt, emitted - on his sixth album and second for RVNG Intl. This Is How You Smile derives from Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl," a story she wrote in the form of a mother's sole, complicated but loving voice, speaking a "How to" litany of advice ranging from domestic chores to what a daughter, an immigrant and young woman of color, must do to protect herself in a world that was not designed by or for her. This is how joy, or its visage, at turns comforts, constricts, or becomes armor.
Helado Negro: This Is How You Smile
Please Won't Please Helado Negro 3' 04''
Imagining What To Do Helado Negro 3' 23''
Echo for Camperdown Curio Helado Negro 1' 10''
Fantasma Vaga Helado Negro 4' 24''
Pais Nublado Helado Negro 4' 32''
Running Helado Negro 4' 25''
Seen My Aura Helado Negro 4' 08''
Sabana de luz Helado Negro 3' 17''
November 7 Helado Negro 2' 23''
Todo Lo Que Me Falta Helado Negro 4' 36''
Two Lucky Helado Negro 3' 54''
My Name Is For My Friends Helado Negro 1' 38''