Editor’s Note: Welcome to Quarantainment, Vanyaland’s new series on what to watch, what to hear, and how to deal as the world engages in social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. We’re all at home, we’re all online, and we’re all in this together. #StayTheFHome
If you write a song about a lovelorn personal apocalypse, and then the actual apocalypse ensues, does your song still count? That’s the situation that Tei Shi — a.k.a. Valerie Teicher — finds herself in now, as she releases her new track “Die 4 Ur Love” this week (May 7), the first taste of her forthcoming summer EP.
A brilliantly synthed-up yet forlorn electropop tune, “Die 4 Ur Love” slashed through the grim reality of post-breakup blues before the even more grim reality of a pandemic settled in.
“‘Die 4 Ur Love” is a song about the end of the world as you know it,” Teicher shares. “About losing someone or something you never knew you could lose, and then all of a sudden, your reality shifts. I wrote it right after the new year when I was feeling a sense of impending doom and darkness, which now feels surreal to see taking form in a real way around the world and in how the rest of 2020 has unfolded.”
It’s uncanny timing for sure, but that’s just how the world and its million catastrophes — personal and otherwise — tends to pace itself.