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Shamir announces deluxe reissue of Hope album with previously unreleased track "Breathe"

01 November 2022, 15:15 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Shamir has signed to Kill Rock Stars, and has announced a deluxe reissue of his 2017 album Hope with a previously unreleased song titled "Breathe".

"Breathe" is one of two previously unreleased tracks that will appear on the deluxe reissue of Hope (alongside "Camoflage"). Shamir says of "Breathe", "I wrote "Breathe" after the 2016 elections, when it seemed like the end of the world. The song is about finding solace in the midst of hardship. Things haven’t really gotten better since then, so this song unfortunately feels as apt as ever. I shot the video at Bartram Garden in Philadelphia."

Shamir adds of Hope, "Hope came at a time in my life when I was desperately searching for it. I found myself not wanting to do music anymore after a rough introduction into the music industry. I didn't feel seen or heard as the artist I was, or at least wanted to be, and I was afraid that if I revealed that part of myself no one would embrace it. At the time I recorded Hope I fully believed it would be the last thing anyone would hear from me. Somehow, though, this record just cleared a new chapter for me. The love and fall out from this record completely changed the course of my life in ways I'm not sure anyone other than my close ones could fully understand. There were hard times. There were even harder times. Then there was rock bottom, but the solace this record provided me created a world of strength I wasn't able to tap into until I made it. Hope is a reminder that our paths are completely malleable, even if we get injured carving it out."

"Breathe" is out now. The deluxe reissue of Shamir's Hope album will arrive via Kill Rock Stars on 20 January 2023, and is available to pre-order now.

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