Shir Frum (pronounced like “Sheer Froom”) spent much of her life searching for her voice; with her debut LP, Party Pooper, the newest member of the Raw Tapes family finally found it. It’s been a long journey to get here. Frum wrote her first song in first grade — a wise-beyond-her-years piece called “Heaven,” about how love here on earth outweighs any afterlife we could conjure in dreams. For years, she explored what her voice could do: howl like Hayley Williams; hum low like Leonard Cohen; float like Sufjan Stevens. But sometime during the pandemic, the 27-year-old landed on a sound that truly felt like hers. Today, the Tel Aviv-based singer-songwriter creates music that feels soft but strong, with a fluid, velvet voice that shape shifts between songs — and sometimes within them. These are “sweater weather” songs that shine a light inside Shir’s mind, with an honest, dry wit. It’s music she calls, perfectly, “elegant indie.”
Party Pooper began with a spark. Shir had been writing songs for years — different styles, different vibes. But when her partner heard her strumming “If You Don’t Ask” in bed one night, he knew she’d landed on something magical. Living in a rural town outside Tel Aviv, the couple laid down the sweeping, sweet song the next day inside a shipping container they’d converted to a recording studio next to their home. “I cried in euphoria, hearing what we’d made,” she says. The seed of the EP had been planted, and in the months that followed her notebooks filled up with songs full of heavy emotions but playful melodies, classical guitar and a drum machine, light touches of piano, and Frum’s multiple, beautiful voices. Totally self-recorded inside their shipping container studio over the next two years, Party Pooper is the sound of a lifelong searcher joyously finding her sound and creating music that is completely, effortlessly her.
Recommended Tracks: Track 1, “‘If You Don’t Ask,” Track 4, “Something Nice To Say,” Track 2, “Shine”
Label: Raw Tapes
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