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Helado Negro - 'Hometown Dream' Video
Helado Negro : 'Hometown Dream' Video
24th February 2022

Helado Negro has released the official music video for his new single 'Hometown Dream.' The song is from his recent album Far In.

The 'Hometown Dream' video incorporates footage from Roberto Carlos Lange's first family trip to their native Ecuador in 1988 and reveals the source of his Far In album cover art. "Hometown Dream is about me leaving New York after living there for so long," Roberto shares. "New York showed me my north in life and taught me to celebrate existence. My Mom and my Dad both moved to NYC in the '60s. I spent my 20's, 30's and turned 40 there."

The Captain Beefheart song 'My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains' and the film A Dream Is What You Wake Up From inspired the song title for 'Hometown Dream.' "The film is a documentary-style fictional movie," Roberto explains. "It focuses on a few Black families living in the USA and their day-to-day experiences. The through-line in the film is the idea of an American dream: this dream that seems never to be a reality for Black or Brown people, and it's only a disconnected ephemeral moment from reality."

In April, 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 which 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.


Tickets on sale here.

February 2022
3rd - Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, US
19th - Bahidora Festival, Tlaltizapán, MX

April 2022
22nd - Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX, US
26th - Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
27th - Basement East, Nashville, TN, US
28th - MotorCo, Durham, NC
29th - Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC, US

1st - Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US
2nd - Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA, US
4th - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US
5th - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY, US
9th - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL, US
10th - Fine Line, Minneapolis, MA, US
13th - Old Church, Portland, OR, US [SOLD OUT]
15th - The Ritz, San Jose, CA, US
16th - August Hall, San Francisco, CA, US
17th - Regent, Los Angeles, CA, US
18th - Glass House, Pomona, CA, US
20th - Club Congress Plaza, Tuscon, AZ, US
21st - Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM, US
23rd - Granada, Dallas, TX, US
24th - White Oak Main Room, Houston, TX, US 
25th - Mohawk, Austin, TX, US
31st - EartH, London, GB

1st - Now Wave, Manchester, GB
2nd - Trinity, Bristol, GB
3rd - Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, ES 
8th - Jassmine, Warsaw, PL
9th - Frannz Club, Berlin, DE
10th - Maifeld Derby, Mannheim, DE
11th - Primavera Sound Festival, Porto, PT
13th - Zonnehuis, Amsterdam, NL
14th - Bird, Rotterdam, NL
15th - Rotondes, Luxembourg, LX
17th - Voxhall, Aarhus, DK
18th - Piknik i Parken Festival, Oslo, NO