Tim Bernardes (vocal and guitar), Guilherme D’Almeida (bass) and Biel Basile (drums) are the rock ’n’ roll band O Terno, based in São Paulo, Brazil. Performing since 2009, the band independently released its first album, 66, in 2012. The album received very positive reviews, naming it “one of the most impressive debut albums” by O Globo (a major Brazilian daily newspaper). Rolling Stone also placed 66 in its top 25 Brazilian albums of 2012 by Brazilian Rolling Stone magazine.
The trio launched its second album and completely original work, O Terno, after touring around Brazil presenting 66. Prior to the release, the three friends took several months cultivating a new musicality. The result is a more mature debut that represents the group evolution in their career.
Recorded and produced in partnership with Gui Toledo, from Estúdio Canoa, O Terno looks into sounds beyond 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 n’ roll, 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 other participators – including one of the most important artist from Tropicalia, 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. “Eu Vou Ter Saudades” presents sounds by Luiz Chagas (Tulipa Ruiz, Itamar Assumpção, Arnaldo Baptista) on the Lap Steel. And lastly, the album introduces Marcelo Jeneci playing farfisa organ in “Quando EstamosTodos Dormindo”.