Chicago duo Ohmme is not less than a rock band, but it exists as something different, something more.
Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart have called their project “an experiment in voice and sound” and that seems about right, as they bend and refract typical indie-rock sounds to incorporate elements of new music and experimental pop. It is folk music for a generation unwilling to settle or be stereotyped.
On their self-titled EP, released earlier this year, Cunningham and Stewart create a beautiful, creeping darkness, then punctuate it with beams of light.
Some cuts build from great, mod melodies reminiscent of 1960s rock, which then dissipate into fits of chaotic noise. Others have a conventional loveliness to them, Cunningham and Stewart blending their voices in exquisite, albeit edgy, ways.
The pair, which performed at this year’s True/False Film Fest, returns to town Thursday at Cafe Berlin. Local bands The Royal Furs and Rusted Satellites share the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m.; tickets are $5. www.cafeberlincomo.com.
— Aarik Danielsen