Shamir Steped Away From The Noise And Starts Over : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast Shamir talks about the years that followed his pop success in 2014, the pressure to take advantage of opportunities and his eclectic new album.

Shamir Stepped Away From The Noise And Now, Starts Over

Shamir On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "On My Own"
  • "Other Side"
  • "Diet"

Shamir was, for a moment in 2014, the next big pop star. That year, he released a song, called "On the Regular," that earned him both critical adoration and the chance to play arenas. But with that success came a lot of pressure to fit into that "pop star" box.

In this session, Shamir talks about the years that followed his early pop success – the different directions he went in, the various things he wanted to try, and how it all culminated in the self-titled album he released this past fall. On it, he explores a wide range of genres from pop, to grunge, to country.

He starts with a pared-down live performance of "On My Own."

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