TRACK PREMIERE: Mohama Saz “Quemar las Naves”
This smoldering new track from Spain’s Mohama Saz—out Dec. 11 on L.A.’s iconoclastic Mock label—is a slow-motion spin through several waves of psychedelia and the musical heritage of at several subcontinental cultural regions. Described to us as “Mediterranean Psychedelia,” “Quemar Las Naves” is swimming in the east-meets-west-meets-analog-high-tech sound familiar to fans of Sublime Frequencies, Finders Keepers and those awesome-but-legally-iffy comps of rare 45s from Turkey, Lebanon, Africa and beyond. There’s a particular mindscape where an endless desert meets a bottomless sea, and where the music is all about negative space and hypnotic rhythm, and that’s where “Quemar Las Naves” walks the tideline at sunset, since light and dark meet here as well. This is the title track from their fourth full-length and U.S. debut, and if people are ever allowed to traverse landscapes as well as mindscapes, maybe we’ll see them in L.A. one day. Pre-order here!