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“Ves Lo Que Quieres Ver puts Bareto in the first row of Perú’s popular music, no matter what genres. It’s time for International audiences to discover how our country sounds like in 2012”.
Raúl Cachay from Blog La Poptelera, El Comercio (Translated From Spanish)
“Lyrics about the Perú of today: a country that stands still, facing a mirror, idiotized by a narcisistic and criticless prosperity. This must be their best record so far”.
Music Journalist, Francisco Melgar, El Comercio (Translated From Spanish)
“My candidate for best record of 2012, so far: Bareto: Ves Lo Que Quieres Ver. Jumping to be one of the best bands in South America.”
Senhor F (@Senhor_F), Dj, music journalist and blogger from Brazil, organizer of El Mapa de todos Festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil: (Twitter, june 2012 - Translated from Portuguese)
"Bareto redefined “Alt Tropical” by adding rock, ska, and reggae to chichadelic music, popularizing Peru’s folk genre once again among the younger peeps. They released their fourth studio album Ves lo que quieres ver (You see what you wanna see) this year, and a new music video for “Camaleón” — a conscious track about societal deceptions, “photo ops,” political frauds, and false representations. The record is very nicely produced and overall, an audio experience of cool indie Lima."
Isabela Raygoza, music editor for Remezcla.com
Bareto was born in 2003 as an instrumental group. In 2005, an EP called Ombligo was released. The next year was the time for their first LP, Boleto, with original songs that combine jamaican reggae and ska with some cumbia and latin flavor.
In 2008, Bareto released Cumbia, their second LP. It contains instrumental covers of the late Juaneco y su combo (a psychedelic cumbia group from the seventies) songs. Their fresh interpretations of classical songs (for the peruvian market) like “Ya se ha muerto mi abuelo” and “Mujer Hilandera” were suddenly at the top of the charts nationwide. The group toured all over Perú for the next two years. They earned a Gold Record for major sales, in a country where music piracy reigns all over, and they recieved several awards, including Best Peruvian/Fusion Album by El Comercio, the most important national newspaper.
In 2010, Bareto released another EP, Sodoma y Gamarra, which contains two more great hits for the band: “No juegue con el diablo” (an old cuban song rearranged by the group) and “Cariñito” (originally from peruvian folk-cumbia legends Los hijos del Sol). This EP also contains some original material, like the song “La distancia” (a duet with peruvian folklore diva Dina Paucar) and the instrumentals Ceja de Selva and Sodoma y Gamarra.
Bareto’s latest LP: Ves lo que quieres ver (in english: “you see just what you want to see”) was released this past April. Now we find ten songs written by the group, in their first time working with a music producer (Miami based Manuel Garrido-Lecca), mixing cumbia, reggae, psychedelia and dub, among other latin genres. The lyrics talk about how Peruvians have to deal with their differences as a society (in Perú, every city is like a little country) to keep the machine going, in a context of prosperity… at least as the macroeconomic numbers say.
The first single off the album is called “Camaleon” (“Cameleon”), a song about how politicians change everytime because of their personal convenience, no matter what’s better for their community. In the music video, a clown tries a “politician costume” and goes for the election poll.
Other subjects in the record are racism, social differences and street insecurity, facts that coexists in Peru’s everyday reality, but that are not easy to talk about, because, as the title of the album suggest, “you see just what you want to see”.
The argentinian singer and composer Kevin Johansen is the special guest in the album, singing in the track “Matagalán”.