20-year-old Las Vegas dance-pop androgyne extraordinaire Shamir released his wonderful debut album Ratchet this week (we named it one of our Favorite Albums). The songs on Ratchet are so good that when they’re stripped of their ebullient dance elements, what is left is still something beautiful. This is in no small part thanks to Shamir’s remarkable voice, which at the same time sounds reflective and vulnerable.
We see proof of this on Shamir’s new Take Away Show, a webseries where artists perform unplugged and in public. Below you can watch him offer raw takes Ratchet highlights “In For The Kill” and “Demon”.