Published Aug 08, 2015The crowd lurched forward over the pitcher's mound at the repurposed baseball diamond that is Squamish Valley Music Festival's Garibaldi Stage as the synth bass from "Can't Be Sure" arose from the ambient speaker static to a belly-rumbling pulse. Valerie Teicher, better known as Tei Shi, was born in Argentina and is currently based in Brooklyn, but this was the first time performing in BC for the singer who spent some of her youth growing up in Vancouver, which she still referred to as her home.
Happy to see friendly faces in the front, she delivered her breezy, sweet and soulful vocals effortlessly. Backed up by a drummer and a guitarist with an Akai MPK49 midi keyboard, Tei Shi's vocals glided over her layered, minimal pop-tronic instrumentals, nailing the aerobic crescendo of "Bassically," the big single from her Arts & Crafts-released 2015 EP, Verde.
Granted, there was a slight feeling of sameness pervading her set, but she only has two EPs to her name. With some more seasoning and songs under her belt, she's going to be a force.