Shamir has forayed into a range of genres since their 2015 debut, and in the past eight years the self-proclaimed “demon musician” has experimented with the intimacy of lo-fi indie rock, chaotic dance grooves, witty electro-pop, and even the southern twang of country music. Shamir weaves these distinct influences together with a confident vocal vulnerability and a confessional, honest style of songwriting, both of which have beautifully intermingled on their latest single, “Our Song.”
“Our Song” follows lead single “Oversized Sweater” and the surprise July 7th release of “Crime” which was featured in HBO’s Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York. With stadium-sized drums, spectral guitars, and inviting pop structures, even an in-depth description would barely scratch the surface of Shamir’s expert sonic decisions for the track, making the four minute pop banger feel delicate and simple yet hugely complex. Shamir transmutes every ounce of their internal anxieties onto “Our Song,” creating a piece both subdued and soaring, an example of alt-pop that bears it all for the world to see.
This glossy trio of tracks are set to appear on Shamir’s ninth studio LP, Homo Anxietatem (Latin for “anxious man”) set for release on August 18th through Kill Rock Stars (preorder here). Check out the video for “Our Song” below, and see Shamir at Philly’s Sweet Juice Festival on July 22nd. Tickets and info at WXPN’s Concerts and Events page.