Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Artist to Watch: Tei Shi

Easily one of the most talked about artists this past year, Argentinian-born indie-R&B artist Tei Shi is making even more waves following a strong showing at this year's SXSW and a brand new single to boot.

After bopping around in her adolescent years (including stints in Vancouver and Montreal) Tei Shi, born Valerie Teicher, attended Berklee College of Music before hitting the bright lights of New York City. She's since garnered some major indie spotlight following her debut CMJ performance and EP, Saudade, a cover of Beyoncé's "No Angel," a spot on Glass Animals' "Holiest" single, and of course, several of her own dreamy singles.

An obvious comparison is FKA Twigs, because of those breathy vocals, but I'm not going to go there - since I think Tei Shi is 100 times better and more accessible. Her use of retro synth puts her in the same game as Jessie Ware, SZA, Prinze George and Blood Orange, while those layered, pixie harmonies and glittery melodies are already her own kind of stamp. "Go Slow" might be her strongest bedroom-pop single yet - and I can't wait to spin it on a hot summer night in the city.

Hopefully a debut full-length is in the works, but in the mean time, watch out for Tei Shi on tour with Lapsley and Shy Girls this spring/summer.

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