Tim Bernardes (vocals and guitar), Guilherme D’Almeida (bass) and Biel Basile (drums) are the Brazilian rock band O Terno. Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, the band has been performing since 2009, and independently released its first album, 66, in 2012. The album received positive reviews, with the Brazilian newspaper giant O Globo naming it “one of the most impressive debut albums”. Rolling Stone Brasil magazine also placed 66 in its top 25 Brazilian albums of 2012, in its annual ranking.
In August of 2014, the trio launched its second album with completely original work, “O Terno”. The band has toured Brazil presenting their second album at large gigs including Lollapalooza BR, where they featured as a headline Brazilian band. The band worked on the album for several months, cultivating a new musicality and the results are clear: the second album displays more maturity, representing the group’s evolution in their career. The Brazilian Rolling Stone magazine placed the album as 12th in their Best Brazilian Album ranking for 2014, and ranked the O Cinza from the same album as 9th in the Best Music of the year.
Recorded and produced in partnership with Gui Toledo, from Estúdio Canoa, “O Terno” looks into sounds beyond the instrumental aptitudes of its members. All the bases are recorded live and enriched later by overdubs and studio tweaks. The songs range from intense, psychedelic rock, like in “O Cinza”, to introspective songs, as in “Ai, Ai, Como Eu Me Iludo”, and even a English track named “Brazil”. The group references 1960 experimentalism and soul music to create its own identity, more confident, in a varied and cohesive repertoire.
The album also features various collaborating artists – including one of the foremost artists of the famed Tropicalia music scene (Brazil’s iconic music movement from the 70s) – Tom Zé, who showcases his unusual vocals in “Medo do Medo”, further intensifying the eerie feel of the song. The artist welcomed the band in 2012, in his EP “Tribunal do Feicebuqui”, where of the five featured songs, two were composed by Tim Bernardes. “Eu Vou Ter Saudades” presents sounds by Luiz Chagas (Tulipa Ruiz, Itamar Assumpção, Arnaldo Baptista) on the lap steel. The album also introduces Marcelo Jeneci playing the farfisa organ in “Quando Estamos Todos Dormindo”.