Apr 18, 2017 7:41AM

Shamir Gets Real On Music Industry Pressures, Drops Surprise Free Album

Good thing.
Vegas ledge Shamir made tidal waves when he dropped Rachet. Being equally good at silky pop music as advocating post-gender and post-queer as the norm, he captured the hearts and ears of heaps of people.
 
After being dropped by XL Recordings, he said that he'd release anything new independently. Today he came through on that, releasing a new record called Hope, as well as a really touching post detailing some emotions he's been going through in the break since Rachet:
 
I was gonna quit music this weekend. From day 1 it was clear i was an accidental pop star. I loved the idea of it, i mean who doesn't? Still 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! When i would listen to immaculate recordings with my friends their praise over the quality of the art as opposed to the art itself made me feel really sad for music as a medium in general. My music only feels exciting for me if its in the moment, and thats what this album is. I made this album this past weekend stuck in my room with just a 4 track feeling hopeless about my love for music. Im not gonna lie, this album is hard to listen to, but it was even harder for me to share. I love pop music, i love outsider music, and i love lofi music, this is my way of combining all 3. Anyway I played, wrote, produced, and mixed everything and big thanks to Kieran Ferris for Mastering an album with an hours notice! its free! Enjoy! Love Yall! Still more 2 come!!!!!!!
 
Photo: @shamir326

Hayley Morgan