Glass Animals ft. Tei Shi, “Holiest”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.28.14 in Listen to This

Tei Shi first turned our head with her stunning CMJ performance, during which she looped and stretched and layered her voice to haunting effect. Her strengths as both a singer and sonic architect are on full display on “Holiest,” her collaboration with UK group Glass Animals. The song throbs and pulses, and the blank spaces are filled in by small snatched of Tei Shi’s voice — single notes scissored out and sprinkled down across the backdrop like confetti. In the foreground, she sighs out lyrics that are lovestruck and yearning, declaring to her intended, “You are the holiest thing I know” before her voice atomizes once again into a billion tiny, sparkling pieces.