Shamir Announces New Album 'Homo Anxietatem,' Shares Lead Single "Oversized Sweater"

It's the Philadelphia-based artist's first album for Kill Rock Stars

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jun 8, 2023

Shamir has announced the release of his ninth studio album — and first for Kill Rock Stars — to date, led by new Y2K-inspired single "Oversized Sweater."

Homo Anxietatem is due August 18. With its titular sentiment translating to "anxious man" in Latin, the LP follows 2022's Heterosexuality.

Produced by Hoost (a.k.a. Justin Tailor, who mans the boards for Rina Sawayama), Homo Anxietatem sees genre-fluid Shamir shapeshift into alt-pop territory to match the disquieted subject matter that influenced the singer-songwriter.

"The first quarter of 2020 before lockdown I felt a lot of anxiety," the artist explained in a statement. "I was fresh out the psych ward and had quit smoking weed and cigarettes cold turkey."

Of lead single "Oversized Sweater," he added, "I spent the first couple months of 2020 knitting this huge baby blue sweater. It's basically a wearable security blanket that I used to channel all my anxiety into. I wear it all the time, but most notably in the video for my song ''Diet.'"

Watch the nostalgia-laden "Oversized Sweater" music video — co-directed by Shamir and his friend/tour manager, Felix Donate Perez — below, where you'll also find the album tracklist.

Homo Anxietatem:

1. Oversized Sweater
2. Wandering Through
3. Our Song
4. Appetizer
5. Calloused
6. Crime
7. The Beginning
8. Without You
9. Obsession
10. Words
11. The Devil Said the Blues Is All I'll Know

Pre-order Homo Anxietatem.

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