Roberto Carlos Lange aka Helado Negro has announced he will release a new album called Far In on October 22 through 4AD. It’s his first for the label, but seventh overall, following up his 2019 breakthrough This Is How You Smile, and was conceptualised in Marfa, Texas, as he ended up spending summer 2020 there once the pandemic cancelled all plans.
The first taste of the new record is “Gemini and Leo”, an absolutely delectable slice of indie-funk, with Jenn Wasner (Flock of Dimes/Wye Oak) holding it down in fine fashion on the electric bass, providing the dance groove atop which Helado Negro piles on a plethora of strings to make the song truly sparkle. In this irresistible bop, Helado Negro tells a tale of the titular “Gemini and Leo” sneaking around together, getting close, and in the chorus making a spectacle as they’re “dancing on the floor all night”. As more elements sidle their way into the mix, the song and rhythm become even more intoxicating, and as Helado Negro sings “take me to your galaxy now / oh, show me how you orbit around my mind,” we feel this infatuation too; we’re fully wrapped up in this intergalactic love affair, wishing the night will never end.