Meet Valerie Teicher (born Buenos Aires, Argentina), best known by her stage name Tei Shi, Brooklyn-based artist, characterized for her celestial, wide-ranging vocal style as “Mermaid Music.” What started off as a tongue-in-cheek way of filling in space on her Facebook page established an accurate description and also simultaneously, has become fitting for Tei Shi’s philosophy of dissociating against restrictive labels. “A mermaid can sound like whatever she wants to sound like,” Teicher explains. “It took that time to find the confidence in me” “It’s hard to describe,” “It has a mix of different things. A lot of people call my music R&B, which I think is cool, but I think there’s a lot of my music that isn’t R&B at all. There’s some electronic and pop influences, but there’s rock inspirations too – it varies song to song.