THE WOMEN OF 'SHAPE
Miri Tesfaszion and Chloe Cee, 22 with roots in Sweden and Germany. They met each other in a practicum class at Columbia College, an art school in Chicago. They saw each other across the room and, quite literally, fell in love with each other's style, beauty and personality. Almost instantly, they bonded over their love for music and singing. In the duo they both sing, write and arrange music. And finish each other's sentences at times.
Shape self-released "Unfold," their first single, in February 2015. Featuring production by Kid Grey and bars by Chicago-based rapper Vee Miyagi, the song opens with 22-year old Miri Tesfazion's honeyed voice singing "No lingerie on, that gets in the way." Tesfazion is on leading vocals while Chloe Cee, the other half of Shape, sings background vocals.
The song brings to mind first-loves at 18, the long walks in parks that Jill Scott talks about in her first album, and opening up to someone you really vibe with. "Unfold" is distinctive and incredibly catchy in a early-2000s love song type of way. Chloe and Miri are inspired by singers like Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill, Jhené Aiko, Jill Scott, Cherish, Ashanti and listen to a wide-range of genres from Pop to R&B and Hip-Hop.
Meaning behind "Unfold"
Miri: Bottom line is... connecting with someone and learning more about yourself through your connection, let that connection be so real and organic and without the gimmicks. It's more of a soul-to-soul type of connection. Even like the line, "No lingerie on, that gets in the way." That's like a metaphor for no flashy gear, no lingerie on, no car, no makeup, no awesome dress--nothing else. All that stuff actually gets in the way of us truly getting to know each other. It's just about being honest and open and really allowing yourself to show yourself and learn from them and from there, learn more about yourself.