Besides generating buzz for their almost-out new record, Haih, Brazilian Tropicália heroes Os Mutantes have been roped in to play a prominent role in the upcoming Brazilian music documentary Beyond Ipanema.
A trailer for the film surfaced last month, and it quickly became known that it would feature world-music savants like M.I.A., Devendra Banhart, David Byrne and Life Aquatic ship-mate Seu Jorge. However, Os Mutantes' involvement in the work wasn't mentioned at the time.
Now, TwentyFourBit points to a new description at the film's website, which reveals Os Mutantes' heavy presence in the film. "The story of the '70s psychedelic band from São Paulo is one of the highlights of Beyond Ipanema," it says. "When production started, they had been retired for almost 30 years and had received international attention and praise from names like Kurt Cobain, David Byrne and Devendra Banhart. The film's crew witnessed their 2006 American tour, which culminated with a show for 30,000 people at Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival."
And if Os Mutantes appearing in the film wasn't enough, Beyond Ipanema also features Tropicália OGs Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Tom Zé. Now how's that for a little cred?
As of right now, the film is touring the festival circuit and has neither a release date nor a distributor. Regardless, being the huge fans of Brazilian jams that we are, we're pretty stoked for this to come out.
In some related news, Os Mutantes' Vancouver show on Thursday (September 3) has been moved from the Commodore Ballroom to the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway at Commercial Drive). All tickets issued for the Commodore will be honoured and the show is now all-ages, with openers the Strange Magic kicking things off at 9 p.m.
Os Mutantes are also playing Toronto on October 2 and Montreal on October 3. A full list of all their dates can be viewed here.
Haih is due out on September 8.