Published May 05, 2015After offering us up some helpful advice through a relationship hotline, Las Vegas singer Shamir is back to promoting forthcoming full-length Ratchet by traditional means. As such, you can check out the desert-locked, seemingly multi-day spirit journey that acts as a music video for the album's "Darker."
Set in California's Joshua Tree National Park, it finds Shamir isolated atop a cliff in the arid landscape, and weighing in on the highs and lows of life. As the backdrop shifts from midnight blue to being dappled by a blinding mid-day sun, the singer sums up positively, "It doesn't get darker, lest you expect it to."
You can sample the song — a moving, minimalist passage that pairs Shamir's stirring falsetto with low-volume keyboard tones and the occasional whirl of a helicopter blade — down below, where you'll also find a few North American tour dates.
Ratchet hits stores May 19 via XL Recordings.
06/11 Allston, MA - Great Scott
06/12 Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz
06/13 Toronto, ON - Bestival
06/16 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
06/18 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/19 Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur Nightclub
07/17-19 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival