RVNG International

Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile (LP)


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.

Please Won’t Please

Imagining What To Do

Echo for Camperdown Curio

Fantasma Vaga

Pais Nublado


Seen My Aura

Sabana de luz

November 7

Todo Lo Que Me Falta

Two Lucky

My Name Is For My Friends