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Free Music Monday: Helado Negro "Dance Ghost"

By December 4, 2012

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Roberto Carlos Lange keeps on keeping on: after 2012 found him releasing a full-length collaboration with Julianna Barwick, as Ombre, 2013 will begin with him turning out his fourth Helado Negro LP, Invisible Life (he's also Epstein, Epstein y El Conjunto, ROM, and probably some more projects I'm forgetting).

Even as his main, and most persistent, project, Helado Negro betrays the restlessness of its creator; never trading in anything so easy as a singular style. "Dance Ghost" feels suitably Langeian in the way it sounds simultaneously demented and friendly; a pleasant pop-song told in wonky synths, which sound so deflated it's as if their batteries are running low.

Listening on headphones is a treat; Lange —who, as producer, has worked with Prefuse 73 and Bear in Heaven— sending his strange keyboard parts pattering back-and-forth from can to can. And, like Lange in the run of promotional photos sent out with Invisible Life, all manner of devilish details lurk in the shadows. Photo Ryan Dickie

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