Glass Animals and Tei Shi at the Bowery Ballroom
British band Glass Animals, whose LP Zaba was just released, will play NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on July 7th with Tei Shi, the enigmatic and soulful artist whose pop- and R&B-infused sound made a splash with the debut of her first single, “M&Ms.” Both Glass Animals and Tei Shi create dreamy, lush songs that are inflected by equal amounts of pop, electronica, soul, and psychedelica, creating music that is hard to define in terms of genre but that resonates because of its quirky uniqueness, which reverberates at the frequency of the dreamscape.
Glass Animals joined forces in Oxford and have quickly gained critical and popular acclaim, signing on to master producer Paul Epworth’s label, Wolf Tone, and releasing two EPs and three singles since 2013. They recently opened for St. Vincent and played at SXSW earlier this year. Although their sound is influenced by electronic music, their live shows are energized, hypnotic performances that highlight the band’s interest in experimentation and innovation, “with lots of guitars, synths, drum kits and trippy dancing . . . and quite a lot of bass.” This show is particularly exciting because it will feature the collaborative efforts of Glass Animals and Tei Shi.
Tei Shi, who describes her sound as “mermaid music,” joined forces with Glass Animals on the song “Holiest,” a track from their EP, Gooey (released in March 2014). The song, which uses Tei Shi’s ethereal vocals to their fullest effect, is also grounded in solid, earthy beats that create a foundation for the chromatic musings of Tei Shi and Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley.
As Bayley told Vogue, the band was so impressed with Tei Shi’s fusion of Brooklyn R&B with romantic, meditative lyrics and melodies that they sent her some sounds to play with. The end result was “Holiest,” a song that signals a lovely partnership that will be amazing to see live. Tei Shi has also been busy collaborating with many other talented artists recently, including Saint Pepsi and Lil Sad. She also released a music video for “Nevermind the End” in which she channels Twin Peaks‘s Audrey Horne and Nabokov’s Lolita. Her enigmatic, sensual, and sometimes inexplicably melancholy music can be heard on her EP, Saudade. Tei Shi’s haunting sounds would fit right in with your plans for a solitary late afternoon reverie, but she is sure to be enthralling in this venue.
Tracks from Saudade, along with other original and collaborative works, are streaming on Soundcloud and available on iTunes. You can also find her on Facebook. Glass Animals’ Zaba is available to order via their website. The sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom starts at 8 pm on July 7th.