Helado Negro Gives David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” a Sublime Treatment

The cover comes from BBE Music’s Modern Love: A David Bowie Tribute Album, out May 28.

There’s a David Bowie tribute album coming at the end of May, but thankfully we don’t have to wait that long to get a sneak peek of it. Following We Are KING’s take on “Space Oddity,” prolific artist Roberto Carlos Lange a.k.a Helado Negro has shared his contribution honoring the late musician. Helado gives “Sound and Vision,” the big hit from Bowie’s 1977 album Low, a spacey and serene treatment. Pitter-patter percussion and Matrix-like synths make it the perfect soundtrack for lucid dreaming.

“The cover I imagined was something living in between sleep and awake where sound and vision dominate,” Lange shared. “Residue from your dream state mixed in with waking up and stirring into what the day will be.”

He also revealed the difficulty he had choosing which Bowie song to reimagine (as many of us would). Initially, he thought he’d cover something from Young Americans, the first album Lange fell in love with. “I couldn’t decide and was a little lost. I then remembered reading about ‘Sound and Vision,’ and how he muted or chucked most of the lyrics out and left whats there now. I thought this was an important lesson in trusting intuition and serving the song.”

Hear the end result below.


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