TOUR DATES BEGIN MAY 9
"Unmistakable and appealing confidence." Pitchfork
"A beacon of melancholia's painful beauty. Inescapable." Stereogum
"Elegant, elegiac, and sensual." Noisey
“Her gorgeous voice projects confidently as she explores deep yet relatable autobiographical themes, while her instrumentals deconstruct pop and R&B like a more polished Evy Jane or a less eccentric Grimes.” Georgia Straight
"Soft-hued indie pop with dangerously sharp corners." FADER
“Utterly shattering the expectations of a first release, this nearly perfect album brings the pop revelation you didn’t know you needed, with more clever tricks and memorable moments than many late career releases.” Northern Transmissions
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Tei Shi is the moniker of Buenos Aires-born, Brooklyn-based Valerie Teicher. Following a string of vivacious and critically lauded performances on tour with MØ, Tei Shi is releasing her eagerly anticipated full length Crawl Space today via Arts & Crafts. An impressive and accomplished debut, Crawl Space, has one of the most engaging and dynamic releases of the year so far.
In case you missed the "How Far" video, Dazed Digital noted that Tei Shi "channels the Coen Brothers," going on to say "The greatest gift of Tei Shi might be her natural ability to transmute personal stories into sticky pop hooks."
Set for release on March 31 via Arts & Crafts, Crawl Space was 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.
Born in Buenos Aires, Valerie Teicher (aka Tei Shi) 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.
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"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
"Prepare your roommates for the impromptu karaoke sessions you'll be having to this song all year long." - Cosmopolitan (25 Albums to Obsess Over in 2017)
"Shimmering vocals, pulsing basslines, sultry synths and a vulnerable-yet-cool-girl
attitude" - PAPER
"'Crawl Space' draws the focus in on Tei Shi's compelling and sultry vocals like never
before" - Clash Magazine
"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." - FADER
""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
"Fluttering above light, synth-driven production, the singer's sunny vocals shine, asserting herself as both a prolific producer and acrobatic vocalist."
- Out Magazine (Women In Power-Pop: 50 Musicians Taking Over)
"Teicher's breathy soprano vocals steal the show; Aaliyah-like, they're the strongest
instrument on the album." - BUST
TEI SHI TOUR DATES
May 09 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY **SOLD OUT**
May 10 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
May 11 - Great Scott - Allston, MA
May 12 - Songbyrd - Washington, DC
May 13 - Radio 104.5 10th Birthday Celebration - Camden, NJ
Jun 03 - Field Trip Music & Arts Festival - Toronto, ON
Sep 22-23 - Cayuga Sound - Ithaca, NY