New & Noteworthy: Teotima – But I Can’t / Suddenly


London-based ensemble, Teotima return with a new 2-track project ‘But I Can’t’ and ‘Suddenly’.

The two new tracks are lifted from their second album ‘Weightless’ which “celebrates friendship, creativity, love, meditation, progress, and the work of being happy. “

From the Chakacha rhythms of coastal East Africa on album opener ‘Suddenly’ to the Brazilian rhythms and Afrobeat sensibilities coupled with Ellie Rose Rusbridge’s lush vocals of ‘But I Can’t’ we cant wait to hear the new album in its entirety.

Led by guitarist, composer and arranger Greg Sanders the large London-based ensemble draws on the music of West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, American funk and soul, folk, jazz and cinematic sounds.

Teotima’s members include Greg Sanders on guitar, Ben Assiter on drums, Fabio Ernesto Marichales on percussion, Maria Chiara Argiro on keys, Ellie Rose Rusbridge on vocals, Kieran McLeod on trombone, Sara Farina on bass and Sam Rapley on tenor sax.

Speaking about the band Sanders explains “One of the most important things about Teotima is that the music is written with the specific players in mind – each player’s vibe – their voice and character on their instrument is an essential part of the sound of the group”

‘Weightless’ is set to arrive on 24th May, six years after debut album ‘Counting The Ways’, but the wait has been well worth it.

Listen to the tracks below, they’re fantastic.


But I Can’t / Suddenly is out now with First Word Records. Buy from here.




CF Smith

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