Helado Negro - PHASOR
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2024 Ratings: #20 / 105
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Based on 447 ratings
2024 Rank: #45
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

PHASOR epitomises the ephemerality of being without conceding to nihilism. It is bright, utopian, and positively cybernetic.

90
Uncut

While Phasor standouts such as "Flores" evoke Os Mutantes in a narcoleptic fugue ... On "Colores Del Mar" and "Out There", he strikes an equally deft balance between aqueous abstraction and buoyant, big-hearted avant-pop.

84
Northern Transmissions

There is something understated about Lange’s music, with his soft voice and often subtle arrangements, but while he remains somewhat formulaic in his songs, there is always something ecstatic and transcendent about his music, as well.

83
Pitchfork
Roberto Carlos Lange eases back into the groove with a gorgeous, delicately rendered album. It’s got space-age synths, wistful romance, and the breeziest vibe in town.
82
Beats Per Minute

With Phasor, Lange navigates an important rite of passage, testifying to life’s glories and anticlimaxes. He’s become an unflinching realist without sacrificing his curiosity, his capacity for wonder.

80
AllMusic

Floating between the interior world and the external one with ephemeral ease, PHASOR is a pleasure to experience -- and another fine example of Lange's receptive, responsive artistry.

80
The Skinny

PHASOR is a rich and absorbing record that truly transports; placing the listener in a languid, half-lit morning where you’re never quite asleep and never fully awake.

80
Exclaim!

Helado Negro’s music is the stuff of slightly stoned sunsets and stolen glances. Warm and meditative, PHASOR’s softness is its greatest strength, extolling the virtues of patience, silence, touch and exploration. It’s a wonderfully complex album belied by its gentle minimalism.

80
Mojo

Rendered with a delicate, impressionistic touch, Phasor's dreamlike entreaties cut far deeper than predecessor Far In's lockdown ruminations.

80
The Observer
Digital meets analogue on the American musician’s short but sweet latest.
80
The Arts Desk
Nothing is obvious, everything is incorporated into the gentle, domestic meander.
70
PopMatters

There is an openness to Helado Negro’s world. His new album Phasor is a dream(y) wake-up call you want to snooze your way back into.

Doofy
73

This album might secretly only have the depth of a paddling pool but the sun dances real pretty over the water anyway.

In other words: this is how you record great ‘background music’.

Swirling
75

I like to imagine that Phasor is like a beautiful utopian paradise and we are just birds flying around it listening to its sounds.

LuckySyn
80

Helado Negro's PHASOR is just a pleasant experience from front to back.

never heard of him...that's all. I don't really have much to say...but this album is great!

First of all, the production is really beautiful. For some reason, whenever I look at the album cover, I'm just like "yeah...that makes sense". It's weird how much the album cover matches the production and the overall feel of the songs on here. Everything is calming and relaxing pretty much everywhere in this album. No ... read more

RuanCarloSemS
48

Monótono demais. Não gostei da minha experiência com "Phasor". Achei um álbum muito sem vida, com músicas que parecem cortinas de fumaça, distantes e sem direção. Não há nada aqui que agrida os ouvidos, então por isso não é justo dar uma nota baixa demais, porém é um álbum muito insípido em todos os aspectos: melodia, vocais e letras. Não recomendo.

apeloeh
85

I"slands seem lonely now
Float miles to see your face
String hearts to hearts, sing now
My voice changes so you know"

martysarc
65

Phasor is nice. It's very soft and dreamy, making it an ideal ambient listen. It just doesn't get much further than that unfortunately. "Best For You and Me" is the only song that I think has a lot of staying power. The fuzzy synth bassline gives it more drive than the other pieces and the pianos and echoey backing vocals are nice touches to build up a more psychedelic atmosphere. Roberto has a warm voice but his approach here feels quite limited with little variation from track to ... read more

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Added on: October 17, 2023