Surprise! This morning, Shamir has released a new album called Hope.
Stereogum reports it sounding like ” jaggedly meditative indie rock; it even features a cover of Juliana Hatfield’s old band the Blake Babies. And because Shamir sings the whole thing in his devastating, virtuosic falsetto, it sounds like absolutely nothing else. ”
On his SoundCloud, Shamir writes that he came very close to quitting music entirely this weekend: “The wear of staying polished with how im presented and how my music was presented took a huge toll on me mentally. I started to hate music, the thing i loved the most!” But rather than quitting, Shamir holed up this weekend and recorded Hope on a four-track at home. He played, wrote, produced, and mixed the whole thing himself, and he’s also shared the whole thing as a free download. Below, you can stream the entire album as one track, and you can also find a tracklist and a download link.