Our first taste of Haih Or Amortecedor, Os Mutantes’ first album in 35 years, was “Teclar,” a pastoral excursion that reminded me of the Incredible String Band, among other things, with its flowery group harmonies. This time around, after a set of swoony “sha-la-la”‘s, Bia Mendes takes first lead on the quirky duet “Anagrama.” The track, co-written by Sergio Dias and Tom Zé, feels like it should usher a love story into a psychedelic barnyard-themed musical. This is a good thing. Clearly.
Os Mutantes – “Anagrama” (MP3)
Dias’ thoughts on “Anagrama”:
When I first wrote this song it was too personal but I loved the melody … So underneath there are lines of some other lyrics that I am singing. It’s a very poetic love song but it was just too personal, so Tom Zé did this really amazing thing where he cut off the last syllable of every word so you would have to figure them out in your head. There is a telephone voice referencing the other lyrics. The music is kind of a here there and everywhere, a bossa nova with a bit of Loving Spoonful in the guitar.
Haih Or Amortecedor is out 9/8 via Anti-.