Shamir published Revelations, his third studio album, on Nov. 3, 2017 via Father/Daughter Records. He’s touring in support of it, and he visits U Street Music Hall on Friday, Dec. 15.
Recently, Shamir released a video for “Straight Boy.” Shamir said the video tackles “white washing and queer bating in media.”
“It’s about how frustrating it was for me to have my whole identity picked apart at a young age just to see straight white men use it as an aesthetic choice. The video, quite unequivocally depicts the process of white washing and the repudiation of the queer and people of color who pioneered,” said Shamir.
Watch Shamir perform “Straight Boy” in an intimate video on YouTube:
In recording Revelations, Shamir found inspiration in things that inspired him, including outsider music, country, and punk.
“The 22-year-old musician underwent a series of personal and professional dilemmas over the past two years, and the result is a drastic reinvention of his sound from a sleek, playful, disco-inspired pop towards a pensive, soulful approach to lo-fi rock. More Kim Deal than Donna Summer, Shamir’s new record, Revelations, lives up to its name as it opens a window into his struggles,” said David Sackllah in a review for Consequence of Sound.