Set for release on October 21, Colombian group Atericiopelados is following up their Latin Grammy-winning Oye (2006) with their latest album, Rio.
Recorded in the band's hometown of Bogotá and mixed by Héctor Castillo (Brazilian Girls, Gustavo Cerati, David Bowie) in New York City, their new effort is an impassioned socially conscious record with the group's signature organic rock sound.
"'Río' is our creative inspiration of the moment, it is helping us to confront many issues in the world," explains bassist and producer Hector Buitrago. “While on previous albums, we may have simply declared many of the world's problems, we now strive to work in a more active way. In this case, it is with the recovery of Bogota's river, as it is one of the most polluted rivers in the world." The title track, "Rio" is a straight call to action. It coincides with a proposed Colombian constitutional referendum which declares that the country's bodies of water deserve simple rights. Similarly, on "Bandera" (Flag), Aterciopelados provide their perspective on the immigration debate. Translated, the song's chorus asks, “Who are you?/Where were you born?/Therefore you can't enter this country"
Aterciopelados plan to tour the U.S. in support of Rio in early 2009. Oye, the band's first studio release in five years, was one of the most praised Latin albums of 2006. It was awarded the Latin Grammy for "Best Alternative Album" and climbed to #1 on iTunes' top Latin albums charts by its first day of release.