Dubbed ‘Arabian Fuzz’ by the band and a “psych-rock storm” by Uncut magazine, Al-Qasar’s psychedelic rock is brazenly electric and deeply connected to its roots. The four-piece was formed in the Barbès neighbourhood of Paris in 2015, a suburb known for its large north African population. Like a psychedelic celebration on the dancefloor, their music bristles with a deep energy and grooves that build from bass, drums, and percussion. Electric saz and guitars build a wailing wall, while ecstatic Turkish Arabic vocals inspired by tradition soar above. Al-Qasar’s music never wavers, pulling from the hypnotic roots of North African trance and threading it into a fabric with the elaborate beauty of Arabic scales and the shock and thrill of rock’n’roll. The collective has performed at renowned international festivals such as Pukkelpop, Lowlands, Sziget, TransMusicales and Reeperbahn and their debut 2022 album Who Are We?, was described as “pretty bitchin’” by Iggy Pop on his BBC6 Radio show Iggy Confidential.