Electro-pop wonder-kid Shamir burst on the scene in 2015 with his glorious debut album Ratchet. The record spawned a few buzz-worthy singles and landed him an opening spot for Duran Duran. Two years later he is back with a record that totally shifts his focus from dizzying pop bangers to home spun indie-rock. It's a radical change that is sure to disenchant some fans, but it's a wild, welcome surprise and a daring risk that proves there is more to Shamir than his radio-ready vocals and groove inducing jams. Hope is a bold move, but a noteworthy one nonetheless. It showcases an artist exposing his true self with no cares for his reputation or what the pop world has come to expect from him. Even with these drastic changes, it's still refreshing to see an artist in their most vulnerable state and not be afraid to share these feelings with the world. Hope may not be the shimmering pop album his fans have yearned for over the past year, but in his most intimate setting, Shamir still shines bright.
Upon releasing the album, Shamir shared the following: