Shiro Releases Their Latest Daydream-Inducing Single, "I Remember"

Songwriters and Darkwave collaborators, Hannah Park and Steven Spillane have been colluding together as Shiro since early 2017.

Within a year, they would release their first offering of garage and grunge blended dark-wave meets Lo-Fi Post-punk under their first Eponymously titled EP, marking the fun-fair exhibitions of their cosmonaut journey through ambient and disillusioned expanses of time and space.

This year, with COVID-19 in full swing, the Long Beach synth-festooned new-age rock duo release a more-compact and carefully designed sonic daydream variant of their sound—an arms reach away from their previous more garage-leaning electro meets dark-wave sonic amalgamations—titled, "I Remember." 

On "I Remember," the reverberated electronic beats chaperoned by Hannah Park's carbonated melodies float buoyantly amongst the introspective and quietly devastating narratives she disperses from electrically glass-like reverberated voids she finds herself in—think an induced ambient hallucination meets an introspective daydream, over a prismatic soundtrack pumping from the imaginary speaks above.

Here, a symphonic orchestration of the audible dance between clean amped electric guitar and twinkling sprite-like synths endow the ears as Steven Spillane takes a ride between gyrating dark-wave-tinged echoes and oscillating riffs for each transition between morose and somehow uplifting and optimistic-sounding refrain sections that fester behind every hopefully infatuating vocal hook. Over four minutes and fifteen seconds, Park captivates through mantra-like incantations that dissolve into every bordering synth that Spillane operates behind, gripping on and then letting go of each word from Park's blue-whispering lips.

As the sonics prove more and more enamor over the coruscating kaleidoscopic panorama of Shiro's "I Remember," subtle after-glow streams out from overhead as the equivocal final lines mark the end of this New-age journey: "Where do we go from here? Where do we go from here? Follow me into nothing, don't let me say goodbye." It's almost lulling as Shiro's lines fade back into their mystifying new-age production, like ruminating candlelight that reaches its natural course of life, fading naturally with an incandescent poof as it passes from one phase to the next. 

Hello, Shiro's and welcome to BuzzMusic. What sorts of emotions were you trying to highlight through both the narrative and instrumental orchestrations behind "I Remember?"

We were trying to highlight a sense of wistfulness in both the narrative and instrumental orchestrations. “I Remember” is a song that is primarily about the aftermath of grief, and that can encompass a lot of different emotions. On one hand, there can be a sense of calm when the grieving period is over, but there is still a lingering sadness that can make someone feel nostalgic or incredibly sad at any given time, even years from when the loss happens. We want to encompass these emotions: sad, yet peaceful, yet somehow still not over it.

How did the inception of "I Remember" work? Did it start with a top-line, a crucial message without a voice, or MIDI notes on a keyboard?

“I Remember” started with the chord progression which was slightly inspired by Claude Debussy’s piano piece “Reverie”. The feeling of the progression is very dreamy yet melancholic, almost like one is stuck in a dream rather than reality, which is kinda how one can feel when they’re dissociated from a traumatic event (like grief). At the time we both lost some family members and very close friends to us, and Hannah was listening to a lot of classical music. Claude Debussy’s music particularly stuck out, I think partly because he also composed a lot of music that was inspired by his daughter’s early death. We wrote a loosely inspired progression and from there, we stacked on vocals, then guitar and then Midi keyboards and drums. The lyrics just came to Hannah naturally since they were a compilation of a lot of the feelings that were cropping up constantly due to losing so many important people to death and various life circumstances.

Do you think "I Remember" represents you best as Shiro, compared to some of the earlier aesthetic from your 2018 Debut?

Yes, we definitely believe that this single represents us better than the debut we had in 2018! Sonically, we were definitely different and felt more like a “rock” band than an “electronic/synthpop” duo. “I Remember” is a mix of all the different genres we love and is the product that came out of not limiting ourselves to just one genre of music. It has elements of pop, synth-rock, classical, jazz, ambient, trap, pretty much everything we love. In 2018, we were limiting ourselves to a more “hard analog” sound, and I think allowing electronic experimentation into our music really opened up some musical boundaries for us.

If you could give your listeners a few imparting words that you think would improve their understanding and experience behind "I Remember," what would you feel the need to say and why?

I would say that in order to understand “I Remember”, the listener should try and think about loss. It doesn’t necessarily have to be about a huge loss like death, and it doesn’t have to be about a person either. It could be anything or anyone that was lost through time, or misunderstanding, or different circumstances. If you’ve experienced loss, then you can understand the feelings that can crop up: sadness, peacefulness, a desire to go back to the way things were, or even who you were at the time, since the grief could have changed you. “I Remember” is an attempt to relive those feelings as a reminder to people listening that loss is a human experience and they are not alone.

What has been the band's biggest inspiration this year while creating new music?

The biggest inspiration for us this year has been so many of the POC and women/non-binary people that have been killing it in the scene! It just inspires us to do better and learn more about our instruments than ever before. We are also inspired by the countless activists and compassionate people that try their best to stand up to inequality in this world, and our good community of friends that always support our music. We are so grateful for every opportunity that we got and will continue to work harder than the rest!