psychedelic folk and orchestrated funk



About art


Art Terry is a songwriter/musician from Los Angeles. His songs explore sexuality, black politics and religion, through a lyrical fusion of psychedelic folk music and orchestrated funk. A singer and pianist, Art underpins deeply personal lyrics with dense melodic textures.

Brought up in the gospel tradition, Art evokes the figure of the robed and commanding gospel preacher in his live performances. Whether playing solo or with his collective of talented musicians - the 10-piece Sex Madness Orchestra - Art’s live performances are theatrical and compelling.

Art’s new album is Sex Madness. He’ll be performing the album live in the UK, Europe and USA in 2019.

Art collaborates with Stew, who created the musical Passing Strange, exploring his and Art’s experiences in Europe as young men. The piece was made into a film by Spike Lee. Art has been a keyboardist for Stew & the Negro Problem at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Redcat in Los Angeles, the Harlem Stage and many other venues. The New York Times described Art’s playing as ‘terrific’.



Sex Madness

by Art Terry

‘An amazing album, all the more jaw-dropping for its deceptive simplicity and for the way it refuses to funk out a more obviously raunchy soundtrack’
The Wire

Playful, passionate and tragi-comic by turns, the Sex Madness album embodies an appeal for loving understanding. Art’s raw and personal lyrics about modern love and making out have a lush backdrop in his masterly piano riffs; brilliantly dense orchestration includes vibraphone, viola and trombone; and complex harmonies add to the rich mix of this idiosyncratic yet universal song cycle. For more tracks, go to our Bandcamp page.

BUY CDs + vinyl

Alt Soul is our new record label: CDs and vinyl available
Buy the album on Bandcamp


SEx madness vinyl Preorder

Preorder the Sex Madness LP on vinyl, and we’ll send 21 September 2019


Buy Art’s first album, released on Frizz Records


‘The obvious – and – wrong comparison would be Prince. There’s the same confident multi-instrumentalism, preacherish wails, daringly blended back and white song traditions and, above all, the same sex obsession. But while there was something slightly remote and shiny about Prince’s use of innuendo, Los Angeles born Art Terry simply tells it like he see it, a folksy counsellor who comes on with style, and lays down some righteous detail about the sticky stuff. Sex Madness is an amazing album, all the more jaw-dropping for its deceptive simplicity and for the way it refuses to funk out a more obviously raunchy soundtrack. Terry is a precious beam of light in a confusing world.’ The Wire


'Art Terry's playing is terrific.' New York Times


‘Brings the questioning quirky funk of Sly Tone together with the provocative poetry of pathfinder Lou Reed.’ Resonance FM

Kevin Legendre

‘For well over a decade Art Terry has been an irrepressibly original and dynamic presence on the British music scene. The wily Californian draws from a deep well of black music to wade into fresh waters that drown all stereotypes on the blues, gospel, soul, funk and rock. His music has a vivid element of meta-theatre as well as a broad sound palette, and he remains a genre all of his own.’ Kevin LeGendre, BBC Radio 3

More tracks

by Art Terry
  • 7:32
    Art Terry with JT Taylor, live on Resonance FM
  • 4:05
    Art Terry & Jean Genie, written by Stew & Art Terry, live on Resonance FM
  • 8:47
    Art Terry, from Anutha Kinda Brutha album