Shamir has released a new album, Hope by surprise. He says it was recorded this weekend as he considered quitting from music. The follow-up to Ratchet is available to stream and download for free on Soundcloud; listen to it below. Shamir wrote, played, produced, and mixed the record, which includes a cover of Blake Babies’ “Rain.” “Im not gonna lie, this album is hard to listen to, but it was even harder for me to share,” he wrote in the Soundcloud description. “I love pop music, i love outsider music, and i love lofi music, this is my way of combining all 3.” Read more of the explanation below.
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. … 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!!!!!!!