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Haih Or Amortecedor

Os Mutantes

Haih Or Amortecedor

Label: Anti

Genre: Rock / Pop

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Os Mutantes: What fan would have dared dream that an impromptu, one-off reunion at London's Barbican Theater in 2006 would lead to the first new music from Os Mutantes in over 30 years? Yet here is Haih, conceived by Mutantes founder Sergio Dias with writing collaborations from Brazilian legends Tom Ze and Jorge Ben (who wrote the band's original hit 'Minha Menina'). Haih is not nostalgia, not a remake of a 60's recording, but a vision updated - from the opening sounds of Vladimir Putin addressing the Russian Army, to the saga of Saddam Hussein reimagined as slinky Parisian nightclub blues, Haih is our brave new world twisted through one of the most unique musical sensibilities of the rock era. From the 50's-inflected dreampop of 'Anagrama' to the sly sexual samba of 'O Careca', Haih is both a continuation and a radical update of the Os Mutantes legend.

But Os Mutantes have always been about what is happening Now. Formed in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 1966 by Sergio and his brother Arnaldo, who blended their love of British Invasion and American psychedelic rock in the spirit of Jimi Hendrix, with the lush, jazz-inflected pop that dominated Brazilian music at the time, Os Mutantes created an entirely new sound to match an equally turbulent time in Brazilian history. While the band was leading a growing youth mobilization as part of the Tropicalia movement alongside Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, their country was reeling in the midst of a military coup and ensuing artistic crackdown which eventually left Gil and Veloso imprisoned and exiled.

In the few short years they were active, Os Mutantes crafted a distinctive, riotous and modern sound, looping through odd time signatures, veering from 50's doo-wop to devotional harmonies within a few bars, and perfectly capturing the dreams, fears, and infernal beauty of modern life. In the mid 1990's, 20 years after Mutantes' last recording, Kurt Cobain famously issued a plea begging for an Os Mutantes reunion to open for Nirvana. Since then, the band's importance has been cited by current alternative superstars ranging from the Flaming Lips to Devendra Banhart and Beck, who wrote "for years (Os Mutantes) was pretty much the only thing I listened to." Now Beck, and the rest of us, will have new mutant music.

2006 saw an impromptu reunion of the band, with a handful of shows in London, New York, the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, San Francisco, and supporting the Flaming Lips at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Os Mutantes found themselves subject to a surreal amount of mainstream attention in 2008 after McDonalds used the song "Minha Menina" in a national TV spot. The news of a new recording from the band has been greeted with rabid anticipation by the music and mainstream press, from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Uncut, Mojo and NME. David Byrne's Luaka Bop label has issued a collection of Mutantes' older recordings - it is one of the label's best-selling titles, and features prominently in their 20th anniversary promotions this year.

TRACKLISTING:

1 Hymns Of The World Pt 1, 2 Querida Querida, 3 Teclar, 4 2000 e Agarrum, 5 Baghdad Blues, 6 Careca, 7 Mensageiro, 8 Anagrama, 9 Samba Do Fidel, 10 Neurociência do Amor, 11 Nada Mudou, 12 Gopala Krishna Om, 12 Hymns Of The World Pt 2,