Helado Negro, the creative moniker of Roberto Carlos Lange, is the latest addition to the 4AD roster, and today, he releases a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Lotta Love’. The track features Flock Of Dimes as well as backing vocals by Devendra Banhart and Adron and piano by Trey Pollard.
This new version of ‘Lotta Love’ was recorded with the upcoming U.S. election and global crises on Roberto Lange’s mind. “I was captivated by the song’s sincerity and wondered how to make a version that compelled you to step closer to the words,” he explains. “I wanted it to be hymnal and spiritual outside of religion. I interpreted the theme of the song to be about protection. How do we protect each other? Creating this version helped me find some sonic respite and hopefully it does the same for others.”
Raised in South Florida and now based in Brooklyn, NY, Roberto has spent much of this year’s quarantine in Marfa, Texas. He had already been scheduled to be working on a multimedia project at Ballroom Marfa. Kite Symphony is the result, it is a new collaboration with the visual artist Kristi Sword. The artists created a non-linear and impressionistic style film and live score, as well as a sculptural work that explores the landscape of West Texas through wind, sound, and light. The Kite Symphony EP was released this past summer.