It's the five-year anniversary of Shamir's second studio album, Hope. Originally self-released exclusively on SoundCloud, it's now available anywhere you stream your music. This is just a mere teaser - many more Shamir goodies will be announced. Stay tuned.
Shamir says, "Hope came at a time in my life when I was desperately searching for it. I found myself not wanting to do music anymore after a rough introduction into the music industry. I didn't feel seen or heard as the artist I was, or at least wanted to be, and I was afraid that if I revealed that part of myself no one would embrace it. At the time I recorded Hope, I fully believed it would be the last thing anyone would hear from me. Somehow, though, this record just cleared a new chapter for me. The love and fall out from this record completely changed the course of my life in ways I'm not sure anyone other than my close ones could fully understand. There were hard times. There were even harder times. Then there was rock bottom, but the solace this record provided me created a world of strength I wasn't able to tap into until I made it. Hope is a reminder that our paths are completely malleable, even if we get injured carving it out."
Shamir covered "Where Gravity Is Dead" by Laura Veirs for our 30th anniversary covers series, the record label he founded, Accidental Popstar Records, joined us in a collaboration SXSW showcase, and we'll have even more surprises to share with Shamir in the future.