Shamir recorded his own take of ’s “Dsharpg,” a more slowed-down and subdued version of the original that appeared on Van Etten’s 2010 album Epic. The cover is set to appear on the new double album project epic Ten that pairs the original album alongside covers of its songs by artists like Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Big Red Machine, and more.
Best known for 2015’s indie-pop hit “On the Regular,” 24-year-old Shamir Bailey has spent the past two years redefining himself along the lines of how he started — as a guitar-slinging rock ‘n’ roller. He layers his biting falsetto on top of aggressive, buzzing punk and rock, with bits of folkie strumming.
Shamir‘s recent music is intense and heavy, but it’s built on joyful, familiar noise, so it has a catharsis akin to what Husker Du was doing 35 years ago. The Philadelphia-based artist will drop his newest full-length on 2nd October, preceded by new single ‘I Wonder’– the follow-up to recent drop ‘On My Own’.
It’s a common trope these days that some of the best “new” artists have been working behind the scenes years prior to their own debut, or writing for others before experimenting with personal output.
Compton’s Channel Tres, the latest signing from Godmode, is following in those footsteps, albeit with a completely different style of music. Having worked as a songwriter and producer for artists such as Kehlani and Duckwrth, Channel Tres honed his talents through the voice of others.
Recently signed to Godmode, Tres worked extensively with the pair that runs the label: songwriter Nick Sylvester and former major A&R Talya Elitzer. These two know how to help push an artist to the next level, having previously done so with both Shamir and New York City via Seoul producer and singer Yaeji. With Tres’ debut song, “Controller,” the polish the pair applied to their previous work is abundantly clear, and so is Tres’ experience.