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Albums Of The Week: OneTwoThree | Untitled

It's all about that bass for this Swiss female trio of post-rock veterans.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Q: What happens when you combine three women bassist/singers from ’70s/’80s Swiss bands? A: An album of sinuous music which reclaims the minimalist sound of the post-punk that they first created themselves.

In September 2018, after decades of friendship, three women decided to finally combine forces for a show of strength. The equation seems straightforward, yet it’s very powerful: Klaudia Schifferle (Kleenex/Liliput) + Madlaina Peer (Noknows) + Sara Schaer (TNT, Souldawn) = OneTwoThree. They sport an impressive heritage but they’re also creating something that’s unique and proudly their own — spooky, danceable, subtle, compelling music for a post-pandemic world.

OneTwoThree‘s first album doesn’t have a name but that’s just as it should be for a band that’s deceptively simple, mysterious and yet somehow familiar. Three women bassists/singers from classic Swiss post-punk bands dot their insistent, minimal music with drum patters, synths, chants, commands and joyous wordplay with their sometimes cynical, sometimes sensual take on leisure and consumer culture. The group is appropriately DIY, self-contained and self-produced — their debut was written and played almost entirely by themselves. OneTwoThree‘s songs blend into a whole, creating a momentum and their own kinetic, strange reality which funhouse mirrors our own. We hear them sing of illusions, guidelines, decorations, paradise, rabbits, animation and tits — and that’s just the first two tracks of the 11-song, 35-minute album, recorded in the spring of this year.

The sound somehow reflects the isolation that we lived in the COVID world of 2020, but also shows the bold determination to come out the other end of the pandemic and thrive. No doubt that we need their spirit right now — and in the years to come.”