Shamir Almost Quit Music, Recorded and Released a Surprise Album Instead

Back in 2015, Shamir stormed into dance music with an inescapable blend of minimalistic pop and disco. But if you’ve noticed, the years since have been quiet and the Las Vegas-bred talent has been virtually off-the-map until just this morning, when he returned with not only a surprise (and free) album, but a bit of insight into where he’s at, both in and out of his craft. According to a message shared with Hope, Shamir contemplated his future in music and the product he’d created and become as a critical darling at just 20 years young. He almost quit altogether, but instead, took to the bedroom booth with just a 4-track to write, perform and record an entire album over the weekend. He released it this morning with the promise of more to come.

Peep the full tracklist for Hope below along with a free stream of the album. Shamir hits the stage at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom on May 19th. Grab a ticket and revisit his critically-adored 2015 debut Ratchet on iTunes today.

What Else
Ignore Everything
Tom Kelly
Like A Bird
One More Time Won’t Kill You
I Fucking Hate You
Rain (Blake Babies Cover)
Bleed It Out