16 May 2011

Review: Sergio Dias with Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family 'We Are The Lilies'

We Are The Lilies
[Third Side / V2]

We Are The Lilies is the result of a collaboration between Parisian outfit Tahiti Boy and The Palmtree Family, and Sergio Dias, founder of 1960/70s Brazilian psychedelic group Os Mutantes. The album was apparently written in five days and recorded in four, and that loose, live feel adds to the overwhelming sense of sheer fun which pervades every groove. We Are The Lilies is jam-packed with ideas; song structures blown apart by bursts of brass, guitars, sitars, organ and banks of percussion, as well as guest appearances from Iggy Pop and Jane Birkin. It's as if The Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend were in a pinball battle with The Beach Boys and Frank Zappa. Dizzyingly experimental and wildly acid-drenched, We Are The Lilies is one of three things: a boldly ambitious masterpiece; an incredibly joyful celebration of collaboration; or simply a deliciously disparate guilty pleasure. You be the judge.

3 stars from 5

Review reprinted courtesy of the Waikato Times

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