Revered TropicÃ¡lia band Os Mutantes have emerged after thirty-five years to record a sumptuous new album entitled Haih or Amortecedor due out 09-08 on Anti Records. The new songs are the result of an astonishing collaboration between band leader Sergio Dias and Tom ZÃ©, renowned Brazilian musician and fellow instigator of the Dadaist influenced cut and paste TropicÃ¡lia movement. The result is an album which both captures the classic Os Mutantes sound while moving it distinctly forward.
When the first new song "Teclar" debuted in July, Pitchfork remarked: "Lead Mutante Sergio Dias isn't trying to sound like a kid anymore, something more veteran figures should probably try when they record new stuff. The track is slower and more languorous than the Os Mutantes of old. Hints of Eastern melodic scales and pastoral British folk creep in alongside the mix of traditional Brazilian music and Beatles-informed psych that first brought this band into the game."
The Mutantes are now set to premiere a second song off their anticipated new album today at www.stereogum.com. Like most of the new songs, "Anagrama," is collaborative composition between Dias and ZÃ©. The result is an enthralling mix of modern psychedelia and sensuous folk pop.
"When I first wrote this song it was too personal but I loved the melody," Diaz explains. "So underneath there are lines of some other lyrics that I am singing. It's a very poetic love song but it was just too personal, so Tom ZÃ© did this really amazing thing where he cut off the last syllable of every word so you would have to figure them out in your head. There is a telephone voice referencing the other lyrics. The music is kind of a here there and everywhere, a bossa nova with a bit of Loving Spoonful in the guitar." The band will embark on an extensive North American tour beginning August 28th in Los Angeles.
Os Mutantes North American Tour Dates:
08-28-09, Los Angeles California, The Echoplex 08-29-09, San Francisco California, Outside Lands Festival 08-30-09, San Francisco California, Independent 09-01-09, Redway California, Mateel Community Center 09-02-09, Portland Oregon, Aladdin Theater 09-03-09 Vancouver, BC, The Commodore Ballroom 09-04-09 Bellingham Washington, The Nightlight 09-05-09 Seattle Washington, Bumbershoot Festival 09-19-09 Yosemite California, Symbiosis Fest 09-24-09 Denver Colorado, Cervantes 09-25-09 Omaha Nebraska, Waiting Room 09-26-09 Minneapolis Minnesota, Cedar Cultural Ctr 09-27-09 Chicago IL, Subterranean 09-29-09 Detroit MI, Magic Stick 09-30-09 Cleveland Ohio, Beachland Ballroom 10-04-09 Boston Massachusetts, Sommerville Th. 10-05-09 Philadelphia PA, World CafÃ© Live 10-07-09 Falls Church VA, The State Theatre 10-08-09 New York New York, Webster Th. 10-09-09 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Mr. Smalls 10-10-09 Columbus Ohio, Capitol Th. 10-11-09 Lexington Kentucky, WRFL Fest 10-13-09 Tampa Florida, Skipper's 10-14-09 Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Culture Room 10-16-09 Atlanta Georgia, Variety Playhouse 10-17-09 New Orleans Louisiana, Tipitina's 10-18-09 Austin Texas, La Zona Rosa