Cold, powerful music with a presence.
This is Re Teu.
Emric John-Sawyer, stage name Re Teu, is a multi-instrumentalist that grew up in London, Islington. He says ‘music for me began when I started playing drums in year 9, but I only really started making own songs 2 or so years ago, so I'm pretty new to it all still.’
For a relatively new artist, Re Teu’s bewitching ambient rock has already received an amazing reaction.
In 2018, Re Teu rebranded from what he was once known as SAWYER and came onto the scene with his first single “Unknown (Part of Me)” which is the second rendition of the song and where the artist was at that point in time. The song was played on BBC Radio Nottingham and garnered plenty of interest which Re was writing and recording his debut EP.
On the 7th of May, 2018, the debut EP titled “For A King and His Glory” was released to the public. Every track is an ambient, raw and emotional journey that paints a picture of someone feeling betrayed and lost but yet full of wanderlust and excitement.
Dean Jackson from BBC Radio Nottingham invited Re Teu to discuss the EP on air and this was the first surge to which Re Teu gained plenty of interest, shortly after hosting a live show of the EP at Rescue Rooms and then going on to perform at that year’s Splendour Festival alongside the likes of Paloma Faith.
Leading into 2019, Re Teu began to further develop his music style. He also adopted a full band into his live set which brings another element to the music.
“Ravenously creative multi-instrumentalist Emric John-Sawyer, aka Re Teu, makes cold yet tender music which slips through genres like a powerful mountain stream. His distinctive and mature sound is a tantalising live prospect when joined by a full band – nowhere as startlingly as during his gripping Splendour Festival set earlier this summer. Bolstered by a considered and ethereal visual output, Re Teu sounds at once opulent and minimal; glacial and fervent. A totally mesmerising act.” - Becky Timmins, Leftlion Editor.
With musical releases such as “Third To Place And Time” and “Isle Of Dogs” which is his most streamed song and a clear token to the soundscape that is Re Teu. Within this year, he was also asked to perform for a second time at Nottingham’s biggest music event Splendour Festival, this time accompanied aforementioned band. In this year he also was able to play multiple venues such as the esteemed Rock City.
Going into 2020, he releases a new song titled “For The Lost & For The Soul” which is far more indie inspired whilst maintaining elements of raw and fierce vocals as well as hauntingly beautiful ambient guitars and synthesisers.
Re Teu now plans to create his sophomore EP which will combine all which he has learned and developed into as an artists honing specifically into his post-rock elements and creating fierce songs that have both moments of pure weightlessness as well as conflict and strife.
FFO: The XX, Sigur Rós, Bon Iver, PVRIS, London Grammar
- Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing Nottingham