TERZO, the new duo featuring alternative pop/rock artists Billie Lindahl and Karl Clinton, unveils their eponymous debut full-length, out today on Icons Creating Evil Art.
Karl Clinton (former bass player of cult post-punk act Diskoteket, co-founder of improvisational project Tsantsa) and Billie Lindahl (lead singer and guitarist of dream pop/dark folk act Promise And The Monster) are the creators behind darkwave/drone/shoegaze duo TERZO. Born from their mutual love for doom and gloom, gothic rock, folk and medieval music, TERZO is described as a statement and a craving to break free from the pressure and framework of today’s music industry and society. In the band’s words, “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 artist’s shared preference for music and art that embodies some degree of darkness, is tangible through the theme of love & death that seeps through their upcoming eponymous debut album. The first recordings took place at the locally legendary address Grantivägen 15B, a two-room apartment and studio in Eriksberg, Uppsala. Here, the duo created what would become their upcoming debut single “Cymbeline” and later their second single “Eve Seven.” There is undeniably an entrancing quality to TERZO‘s droning soundscapes. A foray of broken and distorted electric guitars, embedded in thick layers of heavy synths and drums is laid out as the perfect foundation for Lindahl’s bewitching vocals that reverberates all through the cinematic productions.
There is something bordering on the occult hiding within the grinding whir of sounds in TERZO‘s music. In the midst of their creative spur the duo had sensed a third presence keeping them company and was 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 two music videos for “Cymbeline” and “Eve Seven.” “Johan brought his little dv-camera and filmed everything that we did hanging around.” says Lindahl. “It really is very raw and like just captures the things we did in those days.”