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Os Mutantes: Remains creative and sharp

Os Mutantes – Zzyzx

Os Mutantes was founded in São Paulo, Brazil in 1966 they disbanded in 1978 and reformed in 2006.

Os Mutantes have a brand new album Zzyzx that shows that the band remains creative and sharp with 11 unpublished tracks keeping the psychedelic flame alive. Zzyzx is a more collaborative album among the members, with special arrangements and finishing, voices sounding like velvet. A proof that the Mutantes sound is inexhaustible, mixing Brazilian music with rock, jazz, oriental music, traditional instruments and everyday sounds. Very exciting and unique music that must be heard by the adventurous music lover. The track Mutant`s Lonely Night,

The Mutants have on the new album the same inventiveness and energy that were part of these more than 50 years. The group presents its new phonographic bud showing that a band that was notable for being so ahead of its time could not be stuck in the past. The release of the album Zzyzx celebrates the comeback of Brazilian band Os Mutantes. Guitar player Sérgio Dias is the only member of the original formation of the band from the ‘60s. The track Por Que Não (Why Not),

Most of songs have English lyrics and the album evokes the works of the band released in the ‘70s but with a freshness typical for the Brazilians. The curious name of the album refers to a road in California (USA) that leads to the Area 51, a highly classified United States Air Force facility created during the Cold War period about which there are a series of theories involving the existence of aliens. The track Beyond,

The band is currently formed by Esméria Bulgari on the vocals and percussion, Vinícius Junqueira on the bass, Claudio Tchernev on the drums, Henrique Peters on the keyboards and Camilo Macedo on the vocals and guitar, as well as Sérgio Dias on the guitar, of course. Life outside this wandering planet, by the way, is a theme that transits, parades throughout the album, always with generous doses of depth, irony, sense of observation and questioning.

With so many new musicians and the strength of good old psychedelic rock, it is not surprising that the album’s opening track features the nice track Beyond that more than suggest what The Mutantes are able to compose.

Os Mutantes was as mentioned above formed in the late sixties. Back then they were pretty much influenced in the beginning by the Beatles and by the Brazilian musical scene at the time (the movement called Tropicalia, which they participated then). In the beginning, the band was formed by Rita Lee (vocals and percussion), Sérgio Dias (guitar and vocals) and his brother Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards and vocals), with Ronaldo Dinho Leme on drums as invited musician. They back then were very psychedelic at their first formation (sounding more or less to Beatles`s Sgt. Peppers), filled with a touch of humor and experimentalism, then they evolved to a very progressive like Yes style in the end.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (4040 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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