Philadelphia’s Vegas-born multidisciplinary indie rock artist Shamir will release his new album Heterosexuality, February 11 on AntiFragile Music. Produced by Hollow Comet, a member of the band Strange Ranger, the new collection is the first to confront Shamir’s queerness explicitly. Today, Shamir has revealed the full album tracklist and unleashed new album single “Reproductive” alongside a Will Schaeffer-directed video.“‘Reproductive’ is a song that holds many meanings,” shared Shamir. “It's not as thematically poignant as most of my other songs. It's a lyrically dense lament that touches on highly personal grievances such as generational curses, karma, and love." The new single follows acclaimed tracks “Cisgender” and “Gay Agenda”.
Reimagining 90’s Pop & Rock for the modern world is Shamir’s DNA. Expertly melding industrial synth with sticky pop hooks, the thread has developed and taken a new shape with Heterosexuality. On the cover, Shamir appears in the horns and hooves of an almost Luciferian creature, an androgynous Baphomet, a “subhuman,” beautiful terror. Instead of a pure gender confirmation, he chooses a radical refusal of any sort of categorization at all. It’s a floating point of rebuff, erasing any ideological identification, further confirming Shamir as the everything-for-everyone polymathic antihero of the indie underground.
Shamir’s critically acclaimed self-titled album was released in 2020 and his first book But I’m a Painter came out this summer. He also partnered with the AI design studio Urbancoolab to launch the Bipolar Butterfly clothing line which donates a portion of proceeds to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Shamir recently toured with Lucy Dacus and has a run of dates with Courtney Barnett scheduled for 2022. His last album was just featured on Pitchfork's "35 Best Rock Albums of 2020" and is featured on Stereogum’s “Most Anticipated Albums of 2022”.