Philadelphia-based indie rock figurehead Shamir is on the heels of his critically acclaimed surprise self-released masterpiece, Resolution. The eight-track collection dropped quietly on BandCamp in March and was picked up by Rolling Stone, which revered it as, “a gorgeously large rock album that see’s Bailey’s Revelations vision even more fully realized”. Resolution was made widely available to the public via DSPs and a vinyl pressing last month. Yesterday Shamir returned with the release of a video for album closer, “Larry Clark”, which premiered via PAPER Magazine.
An homage to folk legend Odetta’s “Waterboy” video, “Larry Clark”, is a love letter to the filmmaker who has defined urban teenage lust life for as long as many of us can remember. About the video, Shamir comments, “‘Larry Clark’ is a song about the beauty of turning misery into art. Larry is someone I think who does it best. The great thing about being an artist is being able to turn personal trauma into something beautiful. The video however is an ode to folk legend Odetta. It’s an homage to an old live video I watch to calm down and get inspired to for a big chunk of my life.”
Resolution follows Shamir’s 2017 full-length, Revelations and its follow-up 7”, Room, which were the Las Vegas native’s first endeavors into a new avenue of guitar-driven hooky anthems that his previous, more dance-oriented work had never explored. By delving into outsider music, country, and punk, Shamir created raw and vulnerable tunes, stripped down to their emotional core. This new direction was vividly acclaimed and he has spent the last year on tour with indie giants, Stars and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
On Resolution, Shamir speaks to many topics including racially motivated police brutality in the US, with the first focus track, “I Can’t Breathe”. “Larry Clark” draws inspiration an entirely different source but it is equally heartfelt speaking to an experience of turning personal trauma into something beautiful.