Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tomorrow: Helado Negro @ Grog Shop

Helado Negro is coming back to the Grog Shop tomorrow, where he’s *finally* the headliner!   I caught him there opening for Cuco at the Grog Shop (2018).  I first saw him opening for Sylvan Esso at the House of Blues (2017). Both were excellent performances by Helado.  Check out his new video below, along with a couple live performances - and a clip from the Pitchfork review. 

"This Is How You Smile’s finely drawn intimacy can be attributed to Lange’s familial sense of collaboration. A crew of Latinx artists breathes life into the album’s corners: members of the loungey Puerto Rican duo Buscabulla and Providence punk group Downtown Boys appear on backing vocals, as well as Xenia Rubinos and rising Colombian electronic artist Ela Minus. Longtime collaborator Sufjan Stevens adds to the brief ‘November 7,’ transmuting sampled piano into the sounds of a quavering, peaceful grotto, while Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner threads hypnotic electric guitar through the lithe, bounding ‘Seen My Aura.’ Yet none of This Is How You Smile sounds cluttered or overwrought; each appearance is in service of Lange’s cocooning vision, like a cast of supporting characters fleshing out the broader theme of forging closeness with yourself and others within a politically and socially tumultuous time."

(Via Helado Negro: This Is How You Smile Album Review | Pitchfork.)

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