Aterciopelados- Rio

Iconic Colombian Group Builds Upon the Crossover Success of Latin
GRAMMY-winning Oye (2006) With New Album

Mixed in NYC by Hector Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie, Gustavo Cerati)

Nacional Records is proud to announce that Colombian music icons Aterciopelados will release their highly-anticipated new album, Rio. The new release finds the band aggressively building upon the creative momentum of Oye, the critically-acclaimed album that not only won them a Latin GRAMMY but also a Premio Lo Nuestro award. TIME said, “Aterciopelados’s true skill lies in its ability to take north-of-the-border musical styles… and breathe new life into them, all while giving them a distinctly Colombian sheen.”

Rio is evidence that, as VIBE put it, “For Aterciopelados, maturity has become a form of liberation.” The album was recorded in the band’s hometown of Bogotá and mixed by Héctor Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie, Gustavo Cerati) in New York City. It is an impassioned, socially conscious record with the group’s signature organic rock sound.

The album’s opener and first single is the title track, a call to action that finds Aterciopelados at a new level of creativity and musicality. It coincides with a proposed Colombian constitutional referendum that declares the country’s bodies of water deserve basic rights. “When I was growing up, the Bogotá River was considered a mythic and iconic place, and now it’s a tiny stream,” says singer Andrea Echeverri. “Musically and lyrically, the track ‘Rio’ is unlike any previous Aterciopelados song. I’m even singing in a different way than in the past. With this one, we reached an entirely new place.”

The album’s guests range from rapper Gloria “Goyo” Martínez (of Colombian hip hop act Choc Quib Town) on “28,” to the Andean group Kapary Walka on “Madre” and “Aguita.” Echeverri’s

daughter, Milagros, makes an appearance on “Ataque de Risa.” The birth of Milagros, now six, was the primary inspiration for her critically lauded self-titled solo album. “This track was originally going to be on a children’s album I’ve been recording with Manolo, my husband, and Milagros in our home studio. With the first couple tracks, Milagros was nervous at the mic but now she approaches it with such confidence and happiness.”

Aterciopelados plan to tour the U.S. in support of ‘Rio’ in early 2009, following the birth of Andrea Echeverri’s second child. They recently completed a European tour with her pregnant belly proudly displayed.
The longtime creative relationship between Echeverri and Buitrago proves to be the source for the band’s musical genius. “We have had quite a musical career, which has evolved over the years through our own identity search and experimentation, finding our own sound,” Echeverri says. “I do some things, like writing the songs and he does the other things, such as producing and imagining the musical vision for the song. We really complement each other musically in a way that works. And more important than anything, we have love and respect for each other.”

jueves, 1 de octubre de 2009


ATERCIOPELADOS (The Velvets) Australian Tour

For the first time ever, Colombian music icons Aterciopelados bring their Grammy Award winning Latin indie-rock to Australia. Led by songwriters Andrea Echeverri (vocals) and Hector Buitrago (bass), Atercios’ annex and combine styles with a healthy disregard for musical boundaries: new wave, lounge, reggae, bossa nova, electro, hard rock, bolero, Mexican banda, house, rumba-rock and straightforward pop anthems, not to mention surf-rock guitar lines. Accompanied by some of the best musicians in Colombia, the pair is renowned for creating magic onstage.

Lead singer Andrea Echeverri is a high profile Amnesty International ambassador, outspoken on human rights issues in Colombia and across the globe. Her passionate songs and actions have branded her a “Latin Janis Joplin” in the tradition of socially conscious singer-songwriters. The band donated their single “Cancion Protesta” to Amnesty USA which commissioned it’s transformation into a new bi-lingual hit “The Price of Silence”, featuring a host of international world music stars. Please see below for a link to this music video.

Amnesty International Australia are showing their support by sponsoring The Metro concert on October 1st. In response, the band is donating some of the profits to Amnesty.

Full tour dates:
Thursday October 1st – The Metro (Sydney, NSW)
Friday October 2 – Fiesta Festival (Sydney, NSW)
Saturday October 3 – QPAC Concert Hall (Brisbane, QLD)
Sunday October 4 – Hamer Hall (Melbourne, Vic)
Monday October 5 – Stage 88 (Canberra, ACT)


UNSEEN TV: Aterciopelados in concert- Australia

EL DIARIO AUSTRALIANO: "El icónico grupo colombiano liderizado por Andrea Echeverri y Héctor Buitrago se estará presentando -por primera vez- en octubre en una gira que cubre algunas de las principales ciudades de Australia."

LIVE GUIDE: “Musical mavericks often reject the past; this Colombian electro-rock duo is dragging its traditions into the present, marinating its songs in South American rhythms.”

MUSIC FEEDS:"Lead singer Andrea Echeverri is a high profile Amnesty International ambassador, outspoken on human rights issues in Colombia and across the globe. Her passionate songs and actions have branded her a “Latin Janis Joplin”

CONSULADO DE COLOMBIA SYDNEY:"La Embajada de la República de Colombia tiene el gusto de invitarlos a participar en los conciertos del grupo colombiano ATERCIOPELADOS"

LA COMUNIDAD:"Con ellos se viaja a la buena música... Hacen mestiza una música que no tiene fronteras, íntima y bailable, divertida y poética."

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