Written by Lauren Rosier
Today Philadelphia-based indie-rocker, Shamir, delivers his new single and music video, “Running,” from his upcoming new album, Shamir, out October 2. The music video, animated by Faye Orlove (known for her work with Mitski, Palehound, Vagabon, & more), comes after the previous singles “I Wonder” and “On My Own”, which premiered on Rolling Stone.
Shamir recently performed a Live on KEXP at Home Session.
He explains, “‘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.”
Shamir‘s new album reimagines the pop-rock music of the ’90s, in which he states its “the most accessible album” since 2015’s Ratchet. He moved from his native Las Vegas to Philadelphia and met up with songwriter, Lindi Ortega, is his “most intimate, most crafted and a huge step forward in a transfiguration for the artist.“
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