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Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

Os Mutantes

Haih…Or Amortecedor (Anti-)

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Brazilian music in the ’60s is remembered for great samba and bossa nova, but alongside those rapidly evolving sounds was a superb rock band. Os Mutantes constructed their own tropical psychedelia from misunderstandings of the Beatles and other global pop heroes of the era. Absent for 30 years, Os Mutantes has returned, not as a toothless oldies act on South America’s county-fair circuit, but as vital artists, picking up the beat where they left it and then pushing ahead. With Haih, the band’s sizzling rock, gorgeous Latin rhythms with echoes of the Near East, bittersweet pop melodies and unconventional arrangements transcend any barrier of language.