DEBUT ALBUM CRAWL SPACE TO BE RELEASED MARCH 31 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
ON TOUR NOW WITH MØ & SXSW
"Unmistakable and appealing confidence." Pitchfork
"A beacon of melancholia's painful beauty. Inescapable." Stereogum
"Elegant, elegiac, and sensual." Noisey
"Soft-hued indie pop with dangerously sharp corners." FADER
PHOTO CREDIT : JJ Medina // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
Tei Shi will release her highly anticipated debut album Crawl Space via Arts & Crafts on March 31. Today, she debuts the video for "How Far," the second single released from Crawl Space. The video premiered via Dazed, who noted, "the greatest gift of Tei Shi, born Valerie Teicher, might be her natural ability to transmute personal stories into sticky pop hooks."
"How Far" was directed by Brooklyn production studio DREAMTIGER, who commented on the video, saying, "Relationships often feel like getting hit by car. It's about a relentless force always following you, always dragging you back, and sometimes you don't know whether you can survive." Dreamtiger also said that the video was "secretly inspired by Z, a film by Costa-Gavras and an unreleased Kanye music video by Steve McQueen."
The FADER premiered the single, calling it a "sultry power ballad" and writing "Tei Shi's acrobatic vocals shine once again on ‘How Far,’... The track – which pairs gut-wrenching lyrics like If it pleases you to see me struggle/ I will with dreamy guitars and buzzing production – explores the thin line between love and destruction. And it'll stick with you."
Born in Buenos Aires, Teicher spent her childhood in Argentina and Colombia before moving to Vancouver and Montreal, 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.
Crawl Space documents Tei Shi's transformation from the cautious and curious new kid on the block to a confident, self-possessed and buzz worthy artist. Written and recorded over a year and a half, the album traces a much wider arc, from Tei Shi's earliest musical explorations to this, her first long player. Growth is never easy, though, and if the title makes the process sound difficult, even claustrophobic, that's because it was. In fact, there is a palpable physicality surrounding this record, and it reveals itself everywhere: from the album's song titles - “Keep Running,” “Lift Me” – to its rhythms, to its astonishing cover art. Constant motion is a fact of life. A real, physical crawl space fits only one person and demands that person move forward, out and through it. Tei Shi's debut evokes that feeling and the experience of centering oneself, changing focus.
"Tei Shi's vibrant music video for "Keep Running"... is a hypnotic visual expression of the dynamic track." - Billboard
"Tei Shi may have been a long time coming, but "Keep Running" feels like the debut of an artist properly establishing her musical identity with plenty of potential for success." - V Magazine
""Keep Running," a silky slip of R&B pop, a little Jesse Ware, a little Solange. The video, directed by Agostina Gálvez, which you can watch below, features the Colombian-born singer back to brunette, in various satiny numbers, curving her body with the sensual ease with which she delivers her melodies." - Noisey
3.14 - 3.17.17 - SXSW - Austin, TX
3.17.17 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC *
3.19.17 - Warfield - San Francisco, CA *
3.21.17 - Observatory - Santa Ana, CA *
3.22.17 - Observatory North - San Diego, CA *
3.23.17 - Novo - Los Angeles, CA *
5.9.17 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
5.11.17 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
5.12.17 - Songbyrd - Washington, DC
5.13.17 - Radio 104.5 10th Birthday Celebration - Camden NJ
6.03.17 – Field Trip Festival – Toronto, ON
* supporting MØ