Published Jan 27, 2017Argentine indie popster Tei Shi (born Valerie Teicher) dropped her Verde EP back in 2015, and now she's unveiled plans for her very first full-length. Crawl Space is set to arrive on March 31 through Arts & Crafts.
The album was recorded over the span of a year and a half, and hears the singer documenting her transition from a "curious new kid on the block" to a "confident, self-possessed" artist.
According to a press release, the record delivers a "palpable physicality" — from the claustrophobic space referenced in the LP title, to active song names like "Keep Running" and "Lift Me," all the while evoking a feeling of moving forward through constraining situations and being able to centre oneself.
The full tracklisting has yet to be revealed, but Teicher has offered up a sample of the new material with a video for lead single "Keep Running."
"It's a kind of call to arms to someone you love, to take on and confront all of life's obstacles together," she said in a statement. "To fight to stay together through thick and thin. A ride or die kind of love."
Video director Agostina Gálvez added, "Val and I connected creatively very fast and we were able to integrate our ideas in an interesting way. She wanted to do a karaoke scene and that was the starting point to develop the rest of the story in the video. What I like the most about it is how ordinary elements become strange, generating a special atmosphere throughout the song. Shooting her was great, her slow moves and graceful gestures made her whole performance hypnotic."
You can get a preview of the forthcoming Crawl Space by watching the video for "Keep Running" below.