“And soon I’ll the neon shining moon/ And I’ll break you up just like the stars/ I’ll be the Earth without disease/ And you the human inside of me,” Shamir sings at the opening of “I Wonder,” his new single. Combined with stately pop music that feels like it’s been retrieved from some gleaming cathedral in the future, the words have elegance and potency. With a clear, piercing, soulful voice, Shamir offers the sentiments with a clear-eyed confidence that evokes a comfort that comes with operating in settled certainty. This is what it sounds like when a song is grand without being fussy and extravagant.
Shamir’s next album, self-titled and self-released, is scheduled for October.