In summer 2013, not sure what she wanted to do with the tracks, she tentatively uploaded the song “M&Ms”; her decision paid off when it caught the attention of Gorilla Vs. Bear, who called it a “time-stretching future-pop gem.” Her buzz built one track at a time. Eventually, emboldened by Saudade’s critical success upon its fall 2013 release, she began doing shows, becoming a more confident and less reserved live performer.
Toward the end of 2014, Tei Shi released a sultry cover of Beyoncé’s “No Angel,” and her own intriguingly sardonic record, “Bassically,” a track that builds from “submission to emancipation” and was not about love, but about addressing limiting labels.
“There’s this desire to break through [labels] and go beyond them. That was something I just felt at the time, especially being in music and a new independent female musician.” “Bassically” voices those frustrations, moving from tongue-in-cheek to an ecstatic climatic release.
Tei Shi’s genre defying style is too fluid for her to describe when asked, and she wants to keep it that way. Now that the stellar and simmering Verde is out, next for her is a delicately designed filler-free LP—hopefully released sometime in 2016—that she says may even include more Spanish-influenced lyrics and rhythms, slightly hinted at in Verde’s “See Me.”
“Once I tackle one side of myself or one side of sound, then I want to move on to a totally different one.”
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