"The valleys and psychedelic horizons characteristic of the band are still there, but there are musical and lyrical references that transcend the lysergic references of previous records, like an Afro-Brazilian filter that runs through Arte Bruta from beginning to end.
It is also possible to pick out echoes of international rock in the sound of the record. There is the inevitable presence of the psychedelic rock of the 60s, the tropicalism and post-tropicalism of the early 70s, but the German progressive rock of the same period becomes more and more evident. And the krautrock rhythmic structure works as a support for the numerous percussions that run through the record, and this new spice unbalances and puts this album on another level in the band's career.
More and more, Bike sounds like one thing. Be it in the instrumental interweaving of the verses of "Além-Ambiente", in the motorized lisergy of "Santa Cabeça", in the musical tide that flows in "Cedro", in the serenity of "Que Vai da Terra ao Céu", in the slow crescendo of "Além-Céu", in the tense tempo of "Filha do Vento", in the syncopated rhythm of the first single "O Torto Santo", in the straight base of "Clara-Luz", and throughout the rest of the album, even in the vignettes. The harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic conciseness of the group is the result not only of almost a decade in activity, but also of this recent slow process, which made the group look at the past and see themselves in the mirror at the same time. Arte Bruta is the album that the band took the longest to compose and record, and the result is noticeable every minute we go through it."
Arte Bruta, May 5, 2023.