“How Far” by Tei Shi

Tei Shi will release her debut album Crawl Space on Downtown / Interscope Records / Arts & Crafts on March 31st. She recently debuted the video for “How Far”, the second single released from Crawl Space. Tei Shi has also announced that in addition to her tour with MØ this month and SXSW dates, you can catch her on tour this spring, headlining shows in NYC, Boston and DC. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

“How Far” was directed by Brooklyn production studio DREAMTIGER, who commented on the video, saying, “Relationships often feel like getting hit by car. It’s about a relentless force always following you, always dragging you back, and sometimes you don’t know whether you can survive.” Dreamtiger also said that the video was “secretly inspired by “Z”, a film by Costa-Gavras and an unreleased Kanye music video by Steve McQueen.

Born Valerie Teicher, Tei Shi was composing songs as early as eight years old – sometimes in a diary, other times recording herself on tapes (some of which are featured on the album) – setting down phrases or melodies as they came to her. Born in Buenos Aires and growing up between (Bogota,) Colombia and (Vancouver,) Canada, she began dreaming of herself as a singer, a performer and an artist. Around the same time, she struggled with an extreme fear of the night and entered a period of insomnia. To combat this new fear of the dark and unknown she forced herself to hide inside her family home’s crawlspace for a minute each night, in order to confront her fear. This crawl space became a sort of symbol for her at this formative phase of her life.

Teicher treated her musical aspirations the same way for some time – comforting and important, but still secret, still too personal to really show the world. “For the first year or two, I was testing the waters,” she says. “I wanted to be in the background a bit, to put the music out there and have it be more of an abstract thing. All of the earlier artwork was a little more ethereal, too; it didn’t have me on it.”

3.19.17 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA *
3.21.17 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA *
3.22.17 – Observatory North – San Diego, CA *
3.23.17 – Novo – Los Angeles, CA *
5.9.17 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
5.11.17 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
5.12.17 – Songbyrd – Washington, DC
5.13.17 – Radio 104.5 10th Birthday Celebration – Camden NJ
* supporting MØ

01. Way To Record
02. Keep Running
03. Creep
04. Baby
05. How Far
06. Bad Singer
07. Say You Do
08. Bad Girl
09. Justify
10. Lift Me
11. Como Si
12. Crawl
13. Year 3K
14. Your World
15. Sleepy