Here at Team Clermont, Helado Negro has become a household (office-hold?) name. The “sound sculpting” Asthmatic Kitty artist has released some really fantastic albums as of late (in both English and Spanish) and it seems he always has something in the works. He is a frequent collaborator, teaming up with folks like label mate Julianna Barwick, Prefuse 73, and lending his album mixing skills to the likes of Bear In Heaven and DM Stith.
Next month, Asthmatic Kitty will release the debut of OMBRE, 10 tracks from the collaboration that is Helado Negro and Julianna Barwick.
It’s no surprise then that the name Helado Negro is spreading, and this past week, he was voted MTV IGGY’S Artist Of The Week! You can check that out here, along with the video for “Mameber” from this year’s Island Universe Story One.
Roberto Carlos Lange is a busy, busy man. In August 2009 Asthmatic Kitty released Awe Owe, the album he made under the pseudonym Helado Negro. Then in December, as part of their Library Catalog Music Series, AK released Music For Memory, a poignant instrumental album recorded under Lange’s given name. To follow all of that up, the label will re-issuing four Epstein albums on February 23, 2010. Puñal, Gente Sin Pueblo, Canto De Hermanos and Otros reflect Lange’s work that was recorded between 2000-2007, the first two originally released by Botanica Del Jibaro and latter released by Arepaz.
In addition to that output, Asthmatic Kitty will be putting out the first Epstein album to be released in the US, When Man Is Full He Falls Asleep, on March 9, 2010! In anticipation of that, a new song has popped up recorded by Epstein Y El Conjunto called “A Lost Animal”, featuring School Of Seven Bells. You can stream it from Pitchfork, who featured the song on their Forckast yesterday or download it below!