On Haih or Amortecedor, Os Mutantes start with the foundation they established more than 40 years ago: a psychedelic take on Brazilian rhythm pop — which also poked fun at the country’s military rulers, earning them government threats — reimagined for the 21st century. The result is a whirlwind of past triumphs and fresh evolution. Os Mutantes are mad cultural monks whose hymns are stitched together from Beatles influences, bubbling bossa nova, Tropicália with Hendrixian flash, sonic-collage techniques they devised in the ’60s that are still considered cutting edge today, epic prog touches, and a Zappa-like affinity for ridiculously appropriate counterpoints. Os Mutantes have crafted the rarest of all possible musical works: Haih or Amortecedor fits perfectly in the context of OM’s catalog yet it’s as vibrant and relevant as the music of their grandchildren’s generation.
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