Fashion (Canada) - - CULTURE MUSIC - Bob Dy­lan

Va­lerie Te­icher started writ­ing love songs in her di­ary when she was about five years old; she had no idea what she was talk­ing about, but she’d lis­tened to enough mu­sic to un­der­stand that love was ap­par­ently worth writ­ing about.

Fast-for­ward a few decades and the love songs she writes as Tei Shi are both sul­try and com­plex, although she still isn’t al­ways aware of what she’s try­ing to ar­tic­u­late—at least, not un­til a song is com­plete. “Writ­ing songs is like chan­nelling my sub­con­scious lev­els,” she says. “I’m not very aware of what I’m say­ing un­til I take a step back and put the pieces to­gether. It’s in­tro­spec­tive.”

But in­tro­spec­tion re­quires space. “In the past, I had a ten­dency to get into re­la­tion­ships, whether friend­ships or ro­man­tic, that were neg­a­tive and high main­te­nance and de­tracted en­ergy from who I am; I only want peo­ple around who see me fully,” she says. “Self-ap­pre­ci­a­tion has come through in my vo­cals, which are up­front and more ag­gres­sive— a sort of ‘I don’t give a fuck what you guys think, be­cause this is me.’”

Her favourite love song: “Girl from the North Coun­try,”

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