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Helado Negro, review of his album Phasor (2024)

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Helado Negro, review of his album Phasor (2024)

Although this is already the eighth album by Black Ice Creamit cannot be ignored that, at the same time, it is the (expected) continuation of that splendid “Far In” (4AD, 21) which, in addition, coincided with the signing of the North American artist of Ecuadorian origin by the legendary 4AD label and meant his consolidation in the scene. The one from Florida thus definitively confirmed the positive sensations that he had previously left on albums like “Invisible Life” (Asthmatic Kitty, 13), “Private Energy” (RVNG, 16) and, above all, “This Is How You Smile” (RVNG, 19).

The present installment was, therefore, of special relevance in the career of Roberto Carlos Lange, generating generous prior expectations and reasonable doubt about whether he would be able to maintain the level exhibited in his predecessor. “Phasor” (4AD, 24) clears up doubts almost immediately and, although it could be placed half a step below the aforementioned “Far In”, certainly meets expectations. Both in manifest quality and in content, after the artist signed an LP enhanced between funky, indie-pop and electronic, with that exotic aura that, together with the specific charm and creative spark of the musician, illuminates each of the nooks (and not There are few) of these nine songs.

A more restrained work in length, which seems determined to specify virtues in a silky sequence passed without disconcerting swings. If “Far In” pointed to the multitude of options as an engine, “Phasor” It is, in return, a disk with a global meaning and whose gear works precisely in (almost) a single direction. The album opens with the splendid single in Spanish “LFO (Lupe Finds Oliveros)”giving way to the insinuating “I Just Want To Wake Up With You” (which could well have been signed by Devendra Banhart), and the soulera “Best For You And Me”. They also highlight “Colors of the Sea” y “Flores”a “Out There” reminiscent of Gruff Rhys, “Wish You Could Be Here” or the final peace of “It is a fantasy”.

“Phasor” It is, in reality, a logical continuation, but one that focuses the shot and adds qualities around a focused work. Another firm step, in any case, from a unique artist, with a magical touch when it comes to putting elements in the pot and concretizing the formula into suggestive and irresistible songs. A set of pieces not exempt from sensitivity and organic appearance that mix immediacy and transcendence, falling in love with the first listen and then showing themselves ready to accompany the listener at any moment.

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