Tei Shi has slithered on to the radar of Ones To Watch with her recent ethereal cover of Beyonce’s “No Angel.” No existing genre satisfies the new sounds of Tei Shi, so in her abstractness the siren-voiced Brooklynite created one herself – mermaid music.
With tracks of fluid solidarity, her sound is composed of synths that reverberate through vocals freestyled in an innocuous daze. Mermaid may be the most appropriate title, as Tei Shi’s EP Saudade brings her audience to a drifting relaxation. Mamed after the Portuguese word for nostalgia, Saudade is a beautifully twisted creation where Tei Shi releases lyrics of darkness among wafting synths created against soothing guitar riffs. Her honeyed voice can also be unmistakably caught on the Glass Animals' track “Holiest.” Grab a free download of Tei Shi's “No Angel” cover above and stay tuned for more.