Daily Distraction: Listen to Shamir Bailey get 'Reproductive'

Life gets tricky

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Shamir performs at the Mohawk during SXSW, Monday, March 12, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

When musician Shamir Bailey shipped off the demos that would become debut album Ratchet to producer Nick Sylvester, he was surprised by the initial feedback.

"[Sylvester] was listening and he was like, 'This is so house! You must listen to so much Frankie Knuckles and this and that and blah, blah, blah,'" Bailey said in a 2015 interview. "I mean, I had heard of house — it wasn't a term that was unfamiliar to me — but it wasn't something I could pinpoint if I heard it because I was so deep into guitar-based music at the time."

In the years since that dancefloor-oriented debut, Bailey has gravitated back to those earlier musical impulses, recording lo-fi, bedroom-pop tracks for Hope, from 2017, and more recently debuting new song "Reproductive," an addictive earworm that sets Bailey's pristine voice within a tangled nest of guitar. "Life gets tricky," Bailey sings at the onset, which tracks as an understatement amid the chaos of these last couple of years.

Give it a listen below.