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For the 9th Shamir album in eight years, and his debut for the legendary Kill Rock Stars label, the shapeshifting songsmith tries on yet another shade of perfect popcraft. After a run of critically acclaimed heavy rock and industrial-tinged records, Shamir forms his literally unforgettable tunes into alternately subdued and soaring alt-pop. For a 28 year-old, Shamir’s amassed a huge body of work. His live show and recorded output are more closely aligned than ever, holding close to guitar-bass-drums combos. The songs are elemental, yet flawless in their own Shamir-ness. And with the studio polish provided by Hoost (Rina Sawayama, VC Pines), the barebones songwriting becomes the foundation for Shamir in a more introspective mode. This is what happens when one of the most prolific songwriters of a generation calms down a bit: the search for meaning becomes mundane. What happens when someone who lives a chronically unstable life finds solid ground? Well, out comes a perfect pop-punk-rock record.
Born in Las Vegas, Shamir rocketed to success before his 20s rolled around. Shamir has maintained not only a devoted following, but also a steady stream of critically acclaimed records in a wide range of genres. The Philadelphia-based artist keeps an unshakeable work ethic. For a 28 year-old, Shamir has amassed a huge body of work. His live show and recorded output are more closely aligned than ever, holding close to guitar-bass-drums combos. But it’s clear with every shapeshifting release that Shamir can master any form he sets his mind to.
1. Oversized Sweater
2. Wandering Through
3. Our Song
7. The Beginning
8. Without You
11. The Devil Said the Blues is All I'll Know
Cat. No. KRS742
Release date: August 18, 2023