Cochemea – “Burning Plain”


An RSTB fave returns this week, with Cochemea following up his excellent album All My Relations with a sequel titled Vol II: Baca Sewa. Again focused on the ancestral memory and familial connection, the album pursues a rhythm-heavy soul-jazz that lays Cochemea’s sax into visions of the past made permanent through the hypnotic pulse of drums and a vocal chorus of his family members to tether the idea of explorations of tradition even further. The upcoming record explores remembrance and the passing of tradition, exploring the power of healing through non-traditional medicine, personal mythology, an his family’s roots in a legacy of indigenous peoples enslaved as pearl divers in the Sea of Cortez. “Burning Plain” opens the album and lets us back into the world that’s conjured in Cochemea’s smoke curls. Call and response between the chorus and flutes open before the the fire of sax and strident drums hurl the listener into the album’s embrace. The record is out July 16th, again from his home at Daptone.

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