Philadelphia-based indie rock figurehead Shamir has shared a vid (animated by Faye Orlove) for new single Running, from his upcoming album Shamir, out October 2. “Running is a song I wrote about a time in my life when I was a part of a toxic friend group where I was the only non-cis person,” Shamir explains. “The song is from the perspective of me now realizing how much it affected my mental health after being a few years removed and realizing how much I was dulling myself down so I did not stick out any more than I already did — and also how that directly made me experience gender dysphoria for the first time ever.” Running is available for download now, on Bandcamp. (above pic via Shamir’s Instagram)
Shamir’s new album reimagines 90’s Pop & Rock for the modern world, in what he alludes to as his most accessible album since 2015’s debut Ratchet. “I felt like it didn’t need a name, cuz it’s the record that’s most me,” Shamir says. It’s been a long road, over the last six years, to finally make the album that matched his vision – from becoming a globe-trotting touring act, taking a hard left turn stylistically, confronting his mental health issues and moving from his native Las Vegas to Philadelphia.