Os Mutantes – “Ganjaman”

The great Brazilian psychedelic band Os Mutantes returned from a 35-year absence in 2009 with their eighth LP, Haih. Now, they’re set to release the follow-up to that one, Fool Metal Jack, with lyrics written almost exclusively in English. We’ve got one song from that new album now: “Ganjaman.” The breezy, bright track has a notable reggae influence — perhaps befitting its title — but its lyrics are … kinda bizarre. As far as I can tell, it’s a fable in which giants from American politics rise from the grave to correct our course via zombie revolution. A sample:

Thomas Jefferson will raise from the dead for a new revolution/ the Kennedys will come back to us out of their deadly reclusion/ marching down with Luther the king across the Pennsylvania Avenue

Still, it’s a gorgeous jam on a warm spring day, the likes of which we’re experiencing in NYC right now. Give it a spin via Noisey.

Os Mutantes tour dates:

04/27 – Austin, TX @ Austin Psych Fest
04/28 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
04/30 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
05/01 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
05/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
05/03 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
05/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/05 – Applegate, OR @ Applegate River Lodge
05/07 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
05/08 – Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
05/09 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
05/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café
06/23 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival 2013
06/25 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
06/26 – Bearsville, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
06/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
06/28 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

Fool Metal Jack is out 5/30 Krian Music.

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