Shamir, Straight Boy.

The transformation of one Shamir Bailey from alt. pop prodigy-cum-Chicago house progeny to derisive, contrapuntist songsmith may be a divisive one, but that’s solely due to the incontrovertible brilliance of 2015 full-length Ratchet. For brimming with the kind of “conviction” cited during the incisive Straight Boy – a second to come from his forthcoming Revelations full-length – the Las Vegan will doubtless convert any prospective dissentients sharpish: lyrically, it’s sharp as the conceited pricks in question, Bailey lamenting his “let[ting] these straight boys run [his] life,” while musically, as was 90’s Kids, it’s a comparatively pared-down affair, rudimentarily strummed guitars combining blithely with his softly lilting vocal. But two particular lyrics stand out: the first, “The trust I give isn’t given to me,” given the Nevadan’s difficulties of late, and the second, concerning personally uncertain Straight Boys “tak[ing] it out on people like [him] all the time.” Which, irrespective of sexual orientation, is something that certainly bears thinking about; whether that be on National Coming Out Day, or any other…

Revelations is available from November 3th via Father/Daughter Records.