Om builds matimalist monuments at San Francisco | CONCERT REVIEW #San_FranciscoMarch 25, 2019
Spiritual sludge rockers Om and Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi epitomized the less-is-more approach on Tuesday night when they shared a bill at August Hall.
The growling bass filled the room with an ominous rumble.
The music has an otherworldly flavor to it, evoking the angular and psychedelic elements of Middle Eastern music.
Cisneros also cranked distortion, revealing another layer of sonic complexity to his loping throb.
The song came to embody an act that started the series of Middle Eastern anti-government protests known as Arab Spring.
Emel Mathlouthi at August Hall in San Francisco on Feb. 26, 2019.
During her set, Mathlouthi set her beautiful voice against a wash of synthesized sounds and EDM-style bass and electronic percussion.
Musically, the sound occupied some mystical territory between the sinewy quarter tones of Middle Eastern music and lush melancholy.
Like Om’s set, Mathlouthi’s achieved her atmospheric effect by embellishing a droning note with a series of wavering tones.
Emel Mathlouthi performs at August Hall in San Francisco on Feb. 26, 2019.