TERZO, the new duo featuring alternative pop/rock artists Billie Lindahl and Karl Clinton, today unveil their new single, “Cymbeline.” The rousing track comes by way of the band’s self-titled, debut full-length, set for release on April 21st via Icons Creating Evil Art.
TERZO is Italian and roughly translates to “the third.” The name represents a third presence the darkwave/drone/shoegaze duo felt in their most creative moments. Karl Clinton (former bass player of cult post-punk act Diskoteket and co-founder of improvisational project Tsantsa) and Billie Lindahl (lead singer and guitarist of dream pop/dark folk act Promise And The Monster) make up this enticing new constellation, born from their mutual love for doom and gloom, gothic rock, folk, and medieval music. More than that, TERZO is described as a statement and a craving to break free from the pressure and framework of today’s music industry and society.
The band elaborates, “TERZO was born out of a discussion about songs we mutually liked and a lust to try a different work process than in our then current projects, to do whatever we wanted without restrictions – with obsession and gut feeling as guidance.”
The two artists shared preference for music and art that embodies some degree of darkness, is tangible through the main theme of love and death that seeps through the six tracks of their upcoming self-titled debut. The first recordings, what would later become “Cymbeline,” took place at legendary venue Grantivägen 15B — a two room apartment in Eriksberg, Uppsala (Sweden). In the midst of their creative spur, the pair had the sensation that a third presence was keeping them company, and were very intrigued by the thought. “We started talking about the appearance of a third element, in sleep and in dreams. TERZO is about acknowledging this third element, the swirl that light and darkness generates, opening ourselves toward our own weakness.”
Last summer TERZO journeyed to New York to play gigs at underground clubs, bringing with them the niche video photographer Johan Lundsten to capture their trip in an intimate video documentation that later would become the founding pillars of their upcoming music videos beginning with today’s video for first single, “Cymbeline.”
Elaborates Lindahl, “Originally this is a Loreena McKennit song with lyrics from the Shakespeare play Cymbeline. We had a feeling that we could make something interesting with it, so we started to record. Karl did most of the instrumental work, guitars, and programming. I recorded the vocals in one take in a rehearsal space in Uppsala. This song means insanely much to us. It was the first thing we did as a duo, and I think we just sort of understood that we could do great things together.
“I don’t know why, but we always pictured something in documentary style to this song. It just felt right. So Johan brought his little DV camera and filmed everything that we did hanging around. It really is very raw and like just captures the things we did in those days.”
View TERZO’ “Cymbeline” video at THIS LOCATION. Stream the track at THIS LOCATION.
Terzo will be released via the Stockholm based boutique label Icons Creating Evil Art and will be available on 12” vinyl and digitally on all major platforms later this Spring. Stay tuned for preorders, cover art, and additional track teasers to be unveiled in the weeks to come.