Shamir released a music video today for his third single, “Darker,” off his upcoming first full-length record, Ratchet (XL Recordings). This piece is significantly more serious in nature than his earlier tracks and the accompanying upbeat videos for previous singles, “On The Regular” and “Call It Off.” The young Las Vegas native shows his roots as cinematography sweeps across a vast desert landscape, showing Shamir small against a backdrop of scorched earth. Shots switch in time from blue dark night to rising, crystal clear sunlight.
The camera pans angle to angle and shows the topography from above, giving an oddly surreal vibe to every still as heavy, slow, and ominous production unfolds around Shamir’s lush vocals. Helicopter blade soundings whirl off camera as a clear and stark shot shows Shamir looking uncharacteristically grave, singing out poignantly into nothingness a message that feels at once political and personal, “It doesn’t get darker unless you expect it to/ It’s just getting harder to contain the truth.”
Hear Shamir cover Miranda Lambert‘s “The House That Built Me” below.