From Halsey to Tove Lo, it’s a world of extremes out there for female artists. As Tei Shi, Valerie Teicher does something we still find quite amazing in such a populated market, as Crawl Space demonstrates delivers an even sharper sound since her breakout single Bassically.
Teicher has provided us with a powerful array of passionate lyrics and down-tempo beats – understandable, given the album derives from Valerie’s childhood fear of the dark. She confronts much more than her fears in the music, taking us through an emotional reminiscence of ex-boyfriends to the problems of depression.
Cheer tells us “this is the love that you gave me and it’s the one that I’m fightin’ for,” a story of pain and realisation. Other songs like Como Si display her versatility, with a pure gold voice that can measures itself well to suit an occasion.
The quality of sharp synths and drums to smooth jazz instrumentals are forceful weapons in staking her claim to a ferocious throne. Teicher says in Sleepy: “No one gives a shit about the life I live” – after hearing this album, it’s hard to imagine anyone feeling like this at all.