JOHN OCHOA | NOVEMBER 8, 2017
This Brazilian psychedelic rock band grew to prominence during the movement after which the Tropicália festival is named — the tropicália scene in Brazil in the late ’60s, which included the country’s wider art community and combined pop culture with experimental and underground elements as well as homegrown and foreign influences. Their sound is heavily defined by tripped-out noises and way-out-there sounds created through studio wizardry (and probably a lot of drugs) that would make any Sgt. Pepper’s fan ecstatic. Os Mutantes never quite took off outside of their homeland, but their sound can be clearly heard in today’s American indie rock, freak folk and psychedelic pop circles, especially in the vocal experimentations of groups such as Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors. On their latest single, “Black & Gray,” lead singer-songwriter (and the band’s only original member) Sergio Dias, who recently became an American citizen, takes on President Trump with a direct plea to First Lady Melania Trump to save the world from his wicked ways. It continues Os Mutantes’ long tradition of making the uncomfortable sound beautiful and real.