Free Music Download - Shamir "Hope"
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:36:56
This weekend the world was filled with music news, as festival season felt the sun at Coachella and the new Kendrick Lamar album had everyone talking and celebrating. Another cause for thanking the music gods was a surprise release from Shamir, who dropped a thirty-five minute album called Hope, which you can listen to here, via the artist's Soundcloud page, where the full record is also available as a free download.
Shamir says that this new album was recorded just this weekend, as he was considered dropping out from the music industry. Thankfully the artist pulled back from handing in his resignation letter — and instead wrote, played, produced and mixed the entire record.
Speaking about the process behind the album Shamir said: "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 I'm 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 it's in the moment, and that's 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'm 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!!!!!!!"
True enough — listening through the tracks of Hope — you will hear a series of pained, reflective but also, at times, euphoric expressions of an artist as he considers the place and importance of himself, and his craft. The lo-fi recording approach has captured the urgency of expression, and an atmosphere of authenticity that would cost countless other producers a small fortune as they scrambled to capture 'the genuine emotion' of content.
There's a cover version of Blake Babies' "Rain" which removes the guitar-jangling charm of the original, but retains the sense of loneliness with added grit. Again, the lo-fi production lends to a sense of intimacy, and realness that brings weight to the emotion and offers a more immediate release. It's the inclusion of this cover that sharpens the focus on the emotional content of the full album. Shamir articulates his vision well — this is stuff of raw emotion passed through minimal process to produce cohesive art. He borrows when he needs to, from artists who have experienced similar shades of the spectrum, and in doing so he celebrates the urgency of his own work, salutes the tradition in which he sits, and finds a kind of, well, "Hope" that forms the bed of this release.
For fans of Shamir — the activities, and output of this last weekend will be felt hard. To hear of a beloved artist — noted for authenticity and pride — coming close to resignation will certainly cause concern, and there's bound to be an emotional response. However, the work that's captured on Hope is an underlining of what makes Shamir so essential in the current landscape where music and commerce meet. The result of anguish is a burst of perfectly proportioned creativity, and an album that will light the way for countless kids that will learn what can be accomplished with heart, passion and the discipline to get things done on their own terms.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff