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Tei Shi close-up live in Amsterdam 2015.jpgTei Shi performing live at "London Calling loves Concerto" festival in Amsterdam in 2015
Background information
Birth nameValerie Teicher
Born(1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 26)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
GenresIndie pop, alternative R&B, art pop, synthpop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active2013–present
Associated actsGlass Animals, Shy Girls

Valerie Teicher (born 4 October 1990), best known by her stage name Tei Shi, is an Argentine indie pop singer-songwriter and producer currently based in Brooklyn. She released her first singles and music videos in 2013, also performing live for the first time at CMJ. Tei Shi released her debut EP Saudade in November 2013,[1] which Noisey described as a "layered masterpiece of melodies... expertly entwined vocal loops, and shivery sonics."[2] In 2014 she released two singles: "Adder(f)all" and a cover of Beyoncé's "No Angel." She was also a guest artist on the track "Holiest" by Glass Animals, an English indie rock band.[3]


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Music career
    • 2.1 2013: First singles
    • 2.2 Saudade
    • 2.3 2014: Recent projects
    • 2.4 Verde
    • 2.5 2015-Present
    • 2.6 Crawl Space
  • 3 Musical style
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Discography
    • 5.1 Studio albums
    • 5.2 EPs
    • 5.3 Singles
    • 5.4 Guest appearances
  • 6 Further reading
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life

Valerie Teicher was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[4] Throughout her childhood and teen years she moved often, adapting to cities such as Bogotá, Colombia, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Montreal, Quebec.[5] She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts,[5] and afterwards moved to New York City.[4]

2013: First singles

In the summer of 2013 Tei Shi released her first single, which she announced would later appear on her upcoming debut EP. Titled "M&Ms," Dummy Magazine called the single "transportive and exceedingly gorgeous," stating "minimal background instrumentation is limited to an echoing drum track, mouth organs and a few lonely guitar bits, but they provide a solid framework for her soft, cooing a cappella."[6] A video was released along with the song,[1] and directed by singer-songwriter Grimes' brother Mac Boucher.

She performed her first shows in the fall of 2013, playing at CMJ. According to Noisey, she loops live vocals during her set to create a layered effect.[7]

External video
Tei Shi - "M&Ms" (Official Video) (October 3, 2013)
Tei Shi - "Nevermind The End" (Official Video) on Noisey (March 6, 2014)

On November 1, 2013 she released the second promo song for the EP, titled "Nevermind the End."[1] The Fader called the track "slinky" and "more traditionally structured" than her first song.[1] Kim Taylor Bennett of Noisey described the track as one of the "best seven songs" of 2013, and praised her lyrics, harmonies, and tonal buildup.[7] Hypetrak wrote that Tei Shi's "airy" vocals "contrastingly bump well with the heavy production and hints of charming synth pop."[8]

A third promo single, "Nature Vs. Nurture," was released on November 5, 2013. Stereogum wrote that the track is a "cascading bedroom-R&B and future pop track that evolves from quiet, but dizzying layers of harmonies into fleshed out vocal rounds with a Tropcalía-tinged backbone."[9]


Tei Shi released her six-track debut EP Saudade, on November 12, 2013.[1] Among her collaborators was her friend Luca (Gianluca Buccellati), who she had met while a student at Berklee.[5] The word "saudade" is Portuguese, describing a sentimental yearning for someone or for the happiness of a former place or time. Her previous singles were included on the EP, as well as several new tracks. Stated Noisey, it is a "layered masterpiece of melodies that duck and dive, expertly entwined vocal loops, and shivery sonics."[2] Saudade later received a physical release in 2015 through the indie label Turntable Kitchen.[11]

2014: Recent projects

In January 2014, Tei Shi released her first single from Saudade, Adder(f)all", as a free mp3 . She told Rolling Stone that the song resulted from three different song ideas joined together. "Instead of making a really structured song I just looped these three sections/melody lines over one another, building them up and layering with harmonies. It was originally a capella and when the instrumentals were added it really came into its own."[12] In the same month a remix of "Closer (Heart Shaped Birthmark Remix)" by Spirals hit the blogosphere with the prominent blog Kick Kick Snare stating, "SPIRALs has found a way to make something already so smooth into a beautifully jagged juxtaposition of a mixture. A robotic end to a beautiful romance."[13]

She released her second music video in March 2014 for the track "Nevermind the End."[2] Also in March 2014 she was a featured guest on the track "Holiest" by Glass Animals, an English indie rock band. She sings a duet with Glass Animals' Dave Bayley, with both voices representing the perspectives of different characters.[3] Under the Radar called her vocal performance "delicate,"[3] with Vogue describing them as "airy and minimalist R&B-inflected."[14]

In summer of 2014 she collaborated with Gianluca Buccellati, and together they arranged and recorded a cover of "No Angel" by Beyoncé.[5] Wrote Stereogum, "In her cover, Tei Shi keeps the song's lovesick drift intact but adds all these trickly little bloop-pop flourishes."[15] The Fader described the cover as an "'80s-leaning take," stating that "breezy vocals and glowing synths were made for this role."[16]


Tei Shi's second EP, Verde, was released digitally on April 14, 2015.[17] Verde later received a physical release on May 5, 2015 through Mermaid Avenue[18][19] and internationally via Double Denim Records and Caroline Australia.[20] The EP's first single, "Bassically", was released on February 11, 2015. "Bassically" was extremely well-received, accumulating over seven million streams on Spotify[21] and spawning remixes from Body Language and Honne.[22][23] Canadian singer Grimes called "Basically" "one of the best pop songs of 2050".[24] The music video for "Basically" was directed by Nicolas Pesce and released on February 11, 2015.[25] The video features Tei Shi and a gang of female rebels engaging in firefights around NYC. Tei Shi explained "I wanted the video to look like what the song sounds like – fun and empowering without taking itself too seriously. So we created a fun fictional comic world with a troop of bad ass girls.[26]

The second single from Verde, "See Me", received a music video on August 20, 2015 directed by Dreamtiger and Jonathan Wing.[27] The video was shot in Bogotá, where Tei Shi spent much of her childhood. Speaking about shooting the video, the artist explained "It was a combination of the familiar and the new for me. More than just being a music video, it was an experience that tied in really fittingly with the song for me personally.”[28]

"Get It", the third and final single from Verde, had its own music video released on December 8, 2015.[29] Directed by Dreamtiger, the music video serves up footage of Saturn from NASA's 2004 Cassini mission as a background for Tei Shi herself.[30]


Tei Shi spent much of 2015 and 2016 playing major festivals like Electric Forest and Coachella, as well as opening for fellow musicians Years & Years, Jungle, and Grimes. During this time, she also began work on her first full-fledged album, Crawl Space, and signed a new record deal with Downtown Records.[31][32]

Crawl Space

Tei Shi's debut album, Crawl Space, is scheduled to be released on March 31, 2017 through Downtown Records. The title of the album is derived from a "crawl space" she used as a child to confront a fear of the dark.[33][34]

On January 27, 2017, the first single from Crawl Space, "Keep Running", was released digitally with an accompanying music video directed by Agostina Gálvez.[32][35]

Musical style

The Fader stated that she is "known for making whisper-y, slow and sensual bedroom pop."[16] Tei Shi jokingly describes her work as its own genre, "mermaid music". In an interview with NY Mag, she stated "personally it’s always hard for me to label it as a genre because it shifts and I try to make music that isn’t one thing or the other."[36]

Personal life

As of 2014 Tei Shi lives in Chinatown, New York City.

Further reading

  • Tei Shi Credits at Allmusic
  • "Stream Tei Shi's EP 'Saudade'". Noisey. November 8, 2013. 
  • "'Adder(f)all' by Tei Shi - Free MP3". Rolling Stone. January 28, 2014. 
  • "Tei Shi Proves She's "No Angel" Either on This Glowing Beyoncé Cover". The Fader. August 10, 2014. 

See also

  • List of singer-songwriters


  1. ^ a b c d e Cooper, Duncan (November 1, 2013). "Tei Shi, "Nevermind the End" MP3". The Fader. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c Bennett, Kim Taylor (March 6, 2014). "Tei Shi - "Nevermind The End" (Official Video)". Noisey. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  3. ^ a b c Studarus, Laura (March 28, 2014). "Listen: Glass Animals – "Holiest (feat Tei Shi)"". Under the Radar. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  4. ^ a b Skrainka, Blaine (June 9, 2014). "WILD Profile: Tei Shi". The Wild Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d Donahue, Anna T. (August 4, 2014). "Tei Shi: No Angel". Rookie Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Tei Shi - M&Ms". Dummy Magazine. July 23, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  7. ^ a b Bennett, Kim Taylor (December 2013). "Noisey's Best and Worst of 2013 - Kim Taylor Bennett". Noisey. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Tei Shi – Nevermind The End". Hypetrak. November 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  9. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (November 5, 2013). "Tei Shi – "Nature Vs. Nurture" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  10. ^ Bennett, Kim Taylor (November 8, 2013). "Stream Tei Shi's EP 'Saudade'". Noisey. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  11. ^ "TK040: Tei Shi - Saudade EP - Turntable Kitchen". Turntable Kitchen. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  12. ^ "'Adder(f)all' by Tei Shi - Free MP3". Rolling Stone. January 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  13. ^ kinzie0 (2014-01-12). "Kick Kick Snare - Tei Shi: Closer (SPIRALs "Heart Shaped Birthmark"remix)". Kick Kick Snare. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  14. ^ a b c Brown, Jacob (March 27, 2014). "Song Debut: "Holiest" by Brit Rock Band Glass Animals". Vogue. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  15. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 5, 2014). "Tei Shi – "No Angel" (Beyoncé Cover)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  16. ^ a b Cliff, Aimee (August 10, 2014). "Tei Shi Proves She's "No Angel" Either on This Glowing Beyoncé Cover". The Fader. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  17. ^ "Verde by Tei Shi on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  18. ^ "mermaid avenue.". mermaidavenue.nyc. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  19. ^ "*~* Tei Shi *~*". *~* Tei Shi *~*. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  20. ^ Australia, Caroline. "caroline australia | Caroline Australia is a label services company dedicated to working with quality labels and artists for Australia and New Zealand.". carolineaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  21. ^ "Spotify". play.spotify.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  22. ^ Bassically (Body Language Remix), retrieved 2017-01-27 
  23. ^ Bassically (HONNE Remix), retrieved 2017-01-27 
  24. ^ "Grimes on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  25. ^ Tei Shi (2015-02-11), Tei Shi - "Bassically" (Official Music Video), retrieved 2017-01-27 
  26. ^ "Tei Shi - Bassically". Hypebeast. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  27. ^ Tei Shi (2015-08-20), Tei Shi - "See Me" (Official Music Video), retrieved 2017-01-27 
  28. ^ Danton, Eric R. "Tei Shi Retraces Her Bogotá Childhood in 'See Me' Video (Exclusive)". WSJ. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  29. ^ Tei Shi (2015-12-08), Tei Shi - "Get It" (Official Music Video), retrieved 2017-01-27 
  30. ^ "{{ ($root.post && $root.post.id) ? $root.post.translations[$root.lang].socialTitle : $root.seo.pageTitle | translate }}". Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  31. ^ "Tei Shi Gigography, Tour History & Past Concerts – Songkick". www.songkick.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  32. ^ a b "Watch Tei Shi's Hypnotic Visual for 'Keep Running': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  33. ^ E&E. "Downtown Records". downtownrecords.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  34. ^ "Tei Shi Announces Debut LP; Drops Seductive Newie "Keep Running" - Noisey". Noisey. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  35. ^ Day, Laurence (January 27, 2017). "Tei Shi announces debut record Crawl Space, shares lead single "Keep Running"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  36. ^ "Tei Shi on Covering Beyoncé and Making 'Mermaid Music'". The Cut. 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 

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