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Shmu’s shapeshifting, unpredictable fourth full-length, Vish is the LA-via-Austin based musician’s version of a mixtape, a collaborative and beautifully frenetic effort featuring key contributions from close friends and musical peers. Sharpening his chops in recent months as the touring drummer for Vinyl Williams, Shmu’s knack for jagged, razor-sharp groove ensures Vish thrives as a living, breathing, amorphous experience that demands repeat listens.

Pulsing with swirling synths, vivid vocal melodies and intricate, hard-hitting percussion, Vish expands on Shmu’s brand of psychedelic, genre-defying pop and seamlessly extends it across 11 kaleidoscopic and triumphant tracks. “Jetskis In Virginia” featuring Felicia Douglass (Ava Luna/The Dirty Projectors/Gemma) highlights warped, stuttering beats and R&B-tinged vocals, while “I’m Coming For You” ramps up layers of electronics and samples until erupting in a glitched-out frenzy.


released July 12, 2019

Sam Chown is Shmu

Mixed & Mastered by Sam Chown & Evan Kleinecke @ 5th Street Studios

Arranged, Produced, Performed, Edited & Written By Sam Chown with the help of these fine people:

Bee Drake - Lead &/or Background Vocals on 'Used' 'I'm Coming For You' 'So Don't Try And Stop Me' 'Jetskis In Virginia' 'No One Will Know' Lyric co-write for 'I'm Coming For You', 'Jetskis in Virginia', 'No One Will Know'

Geoff Earle - Bass, Programming & Synths on 'Silent Rapture' & collaborative sample editing / music co-write for 'In the Mood'

Raquel Bell - Lead Vocals on 'Silent Rapture', lyric co-write for 'Silent Rapture' & 'Melting Down The Glass'

Felicia Douglass - Lead & Background Vocals on 'Jetskis in Virginia'

Andrew Shenkman - synths & music co-write on 'Used'

Zac Traeger - some programming for 'I'm Coming For You'

Ajit D'Brass - lyric & vocal melody co-write for 'So Don't Try And Stop Me'

Cabrini Green - Lead. Background Vocals & lyrics for' Zan Yu ; Xiang Yu

TJ Wade - Lead & Background Vocals on 'Shampoo Me'


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Track Name: Silent Rapture
snowflake mr snowflake
i like you how i left you

you are a glass number
get out of here
you are mister a snowflake
the future

snowflake mr snowflake
i like you how i left you
run under the future

you are a glass number
get out of here
you are mister a snowflake
the future

silent capture
nobody uses a sword anymore
ill beat you over
nobody uses a sword anymore

silent rapture
nobody uses a sword anymore
ill beat you over
nobody uses a sword anymore
Track Name: Melting Down The Glass
I like this formula
A form to paralyze

A jewel to paralyze
in crystal milk eyes
Silky baby silhouette
Her master is inside
Her master is breathing clear
She don't need chain a pleasure, another game
A form to paralyze

Melting Down The Glass
Can't see past
Shiny baby intellect
No means of sunrise
Going down on you, fear

These daisy chains undress
Around your face and chest
Track Name: Used
And I would be moved if you grooved into my life
And I would be moved if you knew exactly how I felt tonight

And I could be used right now
If somehow you just wanted me to
And I could be used tonight
If it's alright, alright now with you

And I would be moved if you threw yourself into my arms with trust
And I would be moved if you grew very frustrated with lust

Tune into my movements, feel my every little twitch
And maybe I could let you use me like I was your birthday wish
Track Name: I'm Coming For You
They say I terrify my city
Run into your homes, turn off the light
Making children cry, Say Goodnight

Run for cover, destroy this city
Eat this human, the city is ablaze
Smash this building, the city is ablaze

Grandma prays but not even God can save you now
I'm Coming For You
Track Name: So Don't Try And Stop Me
Holy Muthafucker you are living for survival
If we come around, the whip is purple on arrival

Oo I swear, I dropped it in your right eye
Ya you know that I am so fly
You got this

All the sweat and tears
Haunted by the years

Just drop me, shotgun so sloppy
friends are all killers
So Don't Try and Stop Me

Holy muthafucker, do you carry round a bible
Where is it you keep your Jesus piece beside your rifle

Oo I swear, You dropped it in the mainline
Ya you know that any day we could die
I'm not scared, I don't care
Track Name: In The Mood
I fear what happens happens
i fear what happens after
I'm in the mood

For painting toenails in the sun
For you to be my only one
It's so sad, that I don't feel the love inside
That I seek freak needs on the side
Track Name: Jetskis In Virginia (ft. Felicia Douglass)
Jetskis in Virginia
I'm so stoked
We ain't broke
puffing smoke
on this beat

These are the time we'll never forget
Tasty waves, hella babes, every day
That's what I crave

These are the time we'll never forget
This is it, feeling it
Doesn't get any better than this

And as the sunsets
A warm glow turns into a campfire

We're watching clouds and stars make shapes
I couldn't get much higher

Nothing really matters when I'm moving fast
Jetski seadoo waterblast
Another sunny day in my favorite spot
Sunglass tanned ass we on top
Pop champaign by the oceanside
Beachball your call summertime
Beach bombed babes dipped in oxy gold
Blue sea Daiquiri Icy cold
Track Name: Shampoo Me
Give Me a good reason why
You won't groove me shampoo me wise
Kisses in the hallways where we've been before
Won't you groove me shampoo me when
We're friends

I would be the one to let you know
this is how I've always felt in years before
I would be the one to let you know
You won't groove me when we're cleansed
I would be the one to let you know
Distance in these spaces where we've been before
Groove me, shampoo me when
We pretend

What a nuisance these translucent men
They become broken split damaged ends
This is what I've always been for years before
Wont you groove me shampoo me then
Track Name: No One Will Know
Be With Me
This is my plea
And I will wait patiently
Cuz you are all I need

Be With Me
Not Just In My Dreams
And I will give anything
For You To Be With Me

Keep it quiet, baby focus

Jump into your neighbor's pool
I don't think they would notice
We gotta whisper
Keep it quiet, baby focus

Let's make a run for it
Just bb don't forget
To Grab your cigarettes
if they don't even notice
Happens every weekend
Turn off your phone
We're in the zone
so make me moan
if we can pull it off this time, no one will know
Track Name: Zan Yu ; Xiang Yu
Zan Yu
I got your motherfucking tattoo
I got your name across my back dude
Straight smoking on that bamboo
I'm munching on crab ragoon

Zan Yu
Just damn dude
We out past curfew
I just might hurt you
if you step to the Shmu crew
gonna get you with my kung Fu
Your whole crew is singing Buck Roose
Robert johnson no fear
lead belly LA here

Steve Ray Vaughn screaming poly kong
Jim Morrison
Eating Shrimp Just like bubba gump
The volume swung it must be fun
Techotronic smoking bubonic
Pass me that plant we call it the chronic
Sugar the sonic, legalize don't legal trunk
I'm rocking stussy like Claude Debussy
Mozart made that funky art
Frank Zappa made that ass clappa

Zan Yu
We movin on to plan 2
we gonna park the van dude
they'll walk across the land soon
see the sights and the sounds
take a trip to funky town
all my sugar must be brown
I get up to get down
Higher than an insane clown
Flyer than the speed of sound
Shower later, arnold schwartzenneger
A terminator, so I'll see you alter

there's no escape from this room
Like a motherfucking temple of doom
Poisonous shroom makes the party go boom

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