From the moment she emerged, Tei Shi has established herself as the latest in a line of uncompromising female artists. Her hypnotic brand of deconstructed pop has enchanted fans worldwide, while her bold and innovative fashion sense has drawn plaudits from style publications and Instagram followers alike. After breaking onto the scene with 2013’s Saudade EP, Tei Shi scored a bona fide hit a year later with “Bassically“, which racked up over 12 million streams across streaming platforms and YouTube. Now she’s preparing to release Crawl Space, her astounding and emotional debut album.
Tei Shi is the moniker of Buenos Aires-born Valerie Teicher. Teicher spent her childhood in Argentina and Colombia before moving to Canada, cultivating a strong artistic sensibility from a young age. During her studies at Massachusetts’ Berklee College of Music she began to realize her full potential as a performer, and by the time she moved to New York City after graduation, the Tei Shi project was born.
Mixing indie pop, electronic and R&B influences, Crawl Space is an assertive and masterful debut that sounds like little else out there. On this intimate record, Tei Shi brings a remarkable clarity to the act of being vulnerable, inviting her listener to bear witness to her innermost emotions. At the center is Tei Shi’s unmistakeable voice, a powerful instrument equally suited to pop bangers and sensual ballads.
“Keep Running” is the first single from the album, and is out now. The sumptuous video, directed by Agostina Gálvez, shows off a sultrier side to Tei Shi unseen in her previous visuals.
Director Agostina Gálvez noted, “Val (Tei Shi) and I connected creatively very fast and we were able to integrate our ideas in an interesting way. She wanted to do a karaoke scene and that was the starting point to develop the rest of the story in the video. What I like the most about it is how ordinary elements become strange, generating a special atmosphere throughout the song. Shooting her was great, her slow moves and graceful gestures made her whole performance hypnotic.”
Teicher went on to say, “Keep Running was the first new track I wrote shortly after releasing my last EP. It’s a kind of call to arms to someone you love, to take on and confront all of life’s obstacles together. To fight to stay together through thick and thin. A ride or die kind of love.”
Crawl Space is available worldwide through Downtown/Interscope Records on March 31, 2017. Tour news and more coming soon.