Aterciopelados at Work on New Album

Guillermo Torres Reina


Colombian Lat Alt icons preparing first studio album since 2008's Rio; live DVD set for Feb release

Latin alternative icons Aterciopelados are at work on their first studio album since 2008’s Rio, the Colombian duo’s Héctor Buitrago tells Billboard.

“We have been playing some new songs on tour and are at work on more,” Buitrago says. The album is planned for release at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.

Meanwhile, a DVD by Buitrago and longtime collaborator Andrea Echeverri will be out in February on Sony Music. The DVD will feature versions of well known Aterciopelados songs recorded live in Bogota with guest artists including Zoé singer León Larregui and Spanish fusionist Macaco.

Echeverri and Buitrago reunited in 2014 to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Aterciopelados after working respective solo projects; the band toured the U.S. in October.

Buitrago has also written the music for Another Word For Beauty, a play by Motorcycle Dairies screenwriter José Rivera. The play, which will feature a live band, centers on the real-life story of contestants in an inmates’ beauty contest held at Bogota’s Buen Pastor women’s prison in Colombia. Another Word for Beauty opens at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre on Jan. 16.