Helado Negro Shares Video for “LFO (Lupe Finds Oliveros)”

Helado Negro Shares Video for "LFO"
Helado Negro Photo by Sadie Culberson

Helado Negro has announced his new album PHASOR scheduled to be released on February 9, 2024 via 4AD. The announce comes with the release of the album’s first single, “LFO,” which is accompanied by a hallucinatory self-directed official video.

“LFO” (which stands for Lupe Finds Oliveros), sung in Spanish, brings together inspiration from Lupe Lopez and the minimalist composer and sonic meditation practitioner Pauline Oliveros for a song about ambient stress and endless scrolling. Oliveros is well-known, Lopez maybe less so. Lopez was a Mexican American woman who worked for Fender Guitar building amplifiers in the 50’s. All the amps were marked on the inside by a piece of masking tape with the amp builder’s name on it. “Lupe’s amps are sought after, her care and touch apparently harnessed a special sound from this design,” Roberto Carlos Lange aka Helado Negro explains. “I fell in love with this story and this legacy and the mythology surrounding it. How craft touches us so deeply in the smallest ways. Deep care for the littlest things makes all the difference.”

Some of the seeds for PHASOR were planted in 2019 on Lange’s 39th birthday after a 5-hour visit to Salvatore Matirano’s SAL MAR machine at the University of Illinois. The machine is a complex synthesizer that creates music generatively with a vintage super computer brain and analog oscillators. It can create an infinite amount of possibilities in sound sequences. “I was enthralled by it,” Lange recalls. 

That SAL MAR experience became the bedrock for PHASOR. It taught Lange more about himself and became central to his creative process. “It gave me special insight into what stimulates me,” Lange explains. “This pursuit of constant curiosity in process and outcome. The songs are the fruit, but I love what’s under the dirt. The unseen magical process. I don’t want everybody to see it because not everyone cares to see it. Some of us just want the fruit. I do. But I want to grow the fruit, too.” 

PHASOR is Lange’s tightest collection—deep, atmospheric, meticulously executed. It’s aligned with 2019’s This Is How You Smile which found him incorporating more upfront drums and bass and focused grooves.


10/29 – Vigo, Spain – Radar Estudios

10/30 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Mon Live

10/31 – Sevilla, Spain – Sala X

11/1 – Málaga, Spain – Sala París 15

11/2 – Alicante, Spain – Fundación Mediterráneo – Aula de Alicante

11/3 – Valencia, Spain – La Rambleta

11/4 – Barcelona, Spain – WOLF

11/5 – Zaragoza, Spain – Espacio Las Armas

11/8 – Paris, France – Trabendo (Pitchfork Music Festival Paris)

11/9 – London, United Kingdom – Hackney Church (Pitchfork Music Festival London)

11/10 – Segrate, Italy – Circolo Magnolia

2/9/2024 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

2/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social

2/12 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

2/13 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room & Garage

2/14 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulips FTW

2/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

2/18 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s

2/19 – San Diego, CA – Music Box

2/21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco

2/22 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall

2/23 – Sacramento, CA – TBA

2/25 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

2/26 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

2/29 – Tallinn, Estonia – Paavli Kultuurivabrik

3/2 – Vilnius, Lithuania – Kablys

3/3 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen

3/5 – Berlin, Germany – Hole44

3/6 – Warsaw, Poland – Jassmine

3/9 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik Krefeld eV

3/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique

3/14 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Ekko

4/21 – Asheville, NC – Eulogy

4/22 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cats Cradle

4/23 – Washington, DC – The Atlantis

4/24 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

4/26 – Boston, MA – TBA

4/28 – Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts

4/30 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

5/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club

5/3 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

5/4 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Urban Lounge

Stream “LFO” HERE.


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