Helado Negro / Cuco

PopGun Presents

Helado Negro / Cuco

Lido Pimienta

Jan 26

6:00 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)

Elsewhere - Hall

Brooklyn, NY

$20 / $25

This event is 16 and over

Helado Negro
Helado Negro
The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called “peñas” provided a foundation for Helado Negro’s interest in sound and lifelong quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE releasing their debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing their Pitchfork’s Best New Music album Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73‘s 2010 album Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian.

If that was not enough, Helado Negro’s other projects include ROM, Epstein, and Helado Negro. Epstein is Helado Negro’s “beats and loops” project, a friendly beast born of the MPC sampler. Epstein’s wildly prolific output, including a series of digital releases, full-lengths, and a remix album, is a gauzy, sunny kind of dancemusic that references DJ mixing, summertime blockparties, and mellow compositional noise. Helado Negro came together when Helado Negro moved to New York in 2006 (he now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn home). The early group concept grew through projects and experiments Roberto would conduct while recording himself and others in his home studio. Loops, computer synthesis, record samples, and live instruments provided the foundation for the first full-length, Awe Owe, a vibrant, shimmering, full-band Latin psyche-funk-folk epic.

After taking time to create a new series of sound sculptures, release a Helado Negro EP, score one film and begin work on another (based around his animation), Helado Negro recently holed up in a cabin in the Connecticut woods to record the follow-up to Awe Owe. Canta Lechuza is the latest incarnation of Helado Negro and its sound may come as a surprise. Gone is the big collaborative group jam of previous work and in its place is Helado-Negro-as-intimate-solo-project. Canta Lechuza feels like the place it was recorded—its vocals and beats and synth lines coming together to craft a warm, buoyant, comforting electronic dance sound, an effortless, personal thing anchored by Helado Negro’s warm, earthy, conversational voice. Based around field recordings and live instrumentation fed through computer processing, Canta Lechuza is a thoroughly modern affair, a thing drenched in texture and mood. The album has the feeling of hibernation, of satisfying days spent keeping warm next to the fire, of hot tea and technology as constant companions. It’s the kind of record that feels good to hear alone, but throw it on at your next danceparty and you will have no complaints. This is the world of Helado Negro. Keep an eye on him. He’ll always have a surprise for you…
Cuco
Cuco
Cuco is an 18-year old self-produced Chicano singer out of Los Angeles, CA -- specifically the city of Hawthorne.

Cuco, born Omar Banos, first began playing music at the age of 8 years old.

After teaching himself how to use Ableton, Cuco was eager to start independently releasing his own music once finishing high school.

In 2016, Cuco released his first mixtape Wannabewithu -- a collection of teenage heartbreak over abstract chords, lo fi synths, ambient guitars, punchy drums, and lead trumpets that resonated with thousands of music lovers everywhere.

Mere months later, Cuco welcomed his newfound fans, or "Cuco Pebbles," with a follow up mixtape Songs4u (2017). Having only played So-Cal DIY house shows until recently, Cuco was shocked to sell out his first two venue shows at the Hi-Hat in Highland Park and the Constellation Room in Santa Ana.

With more shows already lined up for 2017, it's looking like a life-altering year for Hawthorne's Cuco.
Lido Pimienta
Lido Pimienta
Canada-based Colombian artist and musician Lido Pimienta is one of those brave, unique souls who encourages you to open your heart more just by being who they are. Her detailed drawings and folk-art inspired paintings mirror her intensely personal and intensely political music. The music combines the enchanting intimacy of Juana Molina’s fragile electronic soundscapes with the handmade art pop of The Blow, and something punk — like Suicide getting in touch with their twee side. Her critically lauded 2010 Spanish-language debut album Color, is like a beautiful (and highly accessible) art installation made from ordinary craft supplies and stuff people keep around the house. It’s a bright world of rhythm and melody that you just want to walk around in and contemplate.
Venue Information:
Elsewhere - Hall
599 Johnson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11237
http://www.elsewherebrooklyn.com/