Helado Negro Releases New Single “Ya No Estoy Aqui”

Helado Negro has released the new single “Ya No Estoy Aquí.” “Ya No Estoy Aqui” is accompanied by a self-directed official music video. The song is the first release since his acclaimed album ‘Far In‘ came out last fall. 

‘Ya No Estoy Aquí’ is a song about loneliness and alienation,” Roberto Carlos Lange shares. “It’s about being lost within yourself and not knowing who you are. Making this song was catharsis; it was a way to get this all out and feel the texture of new perspectives.”

The song’s title was inspired by the independent film ‘Ya No Estoy Aquí.’ “This movie moved me in ways that nothing else has moved in a long time,” Roberto explains. “It is about a young man from Monterrey, Mexico, who gets into trouble and is forced to leave for his safety to New York. The language barrier, the cultural isolation, and his characteristics spiral him more towards his loneliness and isolation. Music was his only solace. Songs that he would dance to by himself and disappear into the memory of being somewhere else with the people he missed and loved.”

Next week, Helado Negro will launch an extensive world tour with 30+ dates across the U.S. and Europe in support of his recent album ‘Far In.’ ‘Far In‘ is his first album on 4AD and the seventh full-length album in his catalog. When Roberto began writing ‘Far In’ immediately following his breakthrough 2019 release ‘This is How You Smile,’ he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dance floors with intimates and online communities.

Escape is never out there, you have to go inward,” Roberto reflects on developing an epic Helado Negro double album during these extraordinary times, embracing the dark of the unknown with openness, pleasure, and growth. Throughout Roberto’s career, imagined beings, ghosts, and haunted machines appear in sci-fi stories and his own conjurings. On ‘Far In,’ Roberto says he “celebrates the ghosts,” embracing pleasure and freedom to follow the metaphysical further.

A significant portion of the new album was written in Marfa, Texas where Roberto and his partner, the visual artist Kristi Sword had originally planned to visit for a collaborative residency in early 2020. The pandemic extended their stay to six months. Roberto and Kristi recently returned to Marfa for Kite Symphony, a multidisciplinary exhibition that opened in January. The project features a newly commissioned film, outdoor composition, installation, and a special Earth Day performance on April 22. Sound is the throughline between these diverse elements of this long-term project.

4/22 – Marfa, TX – Ballroom Marfa (Kite Symphony Performance)
4/26 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
4/27 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
4/28 – Durham, NC – MotorCo
4/29 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
5/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
5/2 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
5/4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
5/5 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
5/9 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
5/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
5/13 – Portland, OR – Old Church (SOLD OUT) *
5/15 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz *
5/16 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall *
5/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent *
5/18 – Pomona, CA – Glass House *
5/20 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress Plaza #
5/21 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf #
5/23 – Dallas, TX – Granada #
5/24 – Houston, TX – White Oak Main Room #
5/25 – Austin, TX – Mohawk #
5/31 – London, UK – Earth
6/1 – Manchester, UK – Now Wave
6/2 – Bristol, UK – Trinity
6/3 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Festival
6/8 – Warsaw, PL – Jassmine
6/9 – Berlin, DE – Frannz Club
6/10 – Mannheim, DE – Maifeld Derby
6/11 – Porto, PT – Primavera Festival
6/13 – Amsterdam, NL – Zonnehuis
6/14 – Rotterdam, NL – Bird
6/15 – Luxembourg, LX – Rotondes
6/17 – Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
6/18 – Oslo, NO – Piknik i Parken Festival
8/26-8/28 – Port Townsend, WA – THING Festival

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