Sally Shapiro - If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind

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"If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind" is Sally Shapiro's final ever single, released ten years to the day since their debut release back in May 2006.

Video credits:
Director - Jarett Sitter - jaretts.com
Digital Effects and Compositing Artist - Cody Giles
3D Artist - Evan Sisson
2D Animation/Illustration - Jarett Sitter

The name “Sally Shapiro” refers to both the Swedish duo, consisting of the producer Johan Agebjörn and an anonymous singer, as well as the pseudonym of the singer herself. In December 2004 Johan discovered Shapiro’s gentle and beautiful voice while the two were singing Christmas carols together. Their first track, I'll Be By Your Side, was released as a 12" single on May 12th, 2006, on the Austrian label Diskokaine (run by DJ/producer Wolfram Eckert).

Sally Shapiro’s debut album, Disco Romance, was a nostalgic trip back to romantic italo disco of 1984. The album was revered by the press, nominated as “dance/electronic album of the year” at the U.S. Plug Awards and was given a spot in Pitchfork’s Top 50 albums of 2007. The tracks on the album were subsequently remixed by Lindstrøm, Tensnake, Junior Boys, CFCF, and Juan MacLean.

Sally Shapiro is known for her shyness: she does not reveal her real name, will not even let Johan into the studio when she sings, and has never performed her songs live. After a handful of DJ dates in 2008, she decided to never ever stand on stage again. However, the duo released two more studio albums, My Guilty Pleasure in 2009 and Somewhere Else in 2013.

Apart from a collaboration single with Tommy '86 - Why Did I Say Goodbye - and a few appearances on Johan's solo album Notes in 2015, Sally Shapiro has been silent since the last album. The new two-track single is released on the 10th anniversary of I'll Be By Your Side - May 12th - and will be the last recorded piece of music by Sally Shapiro.

They explain why: ”Our musical tastes don't overlap that much anymore. Johan is more into 90s-style electronica these days, and Sally is into non-electronic pop. In three years, we've only managed to record these two songs as Sally Shapiro, so with this single we have decided to call our musical project a day, and we would like to thank everyone who followed us on this journey.”

The A-side, If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind, was co-written by longtime collaborator Roger Gunnarsson and co-produced by Mitch Murder (Kung Fury OST). The B-side, Dangerous, is an acoustic interpretation of the David Guetta hit, with guitar played by Johan's cousin, Jonas Agebjörn.

The digital editions of the single come with two remixes by French synthwave artist Tommy '86 as well as UK nu-disco producer Ben Macklin.

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The alluring electronic partnership known as Sally Shapiro recently announced that their project was coming to an end. As a final goodbye to Sally Shapiro, the duo recently released their last single “If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind” to cap off the work that they did together.

Now, 10 years to the day since Sally Shapiro shared their debut release, they are saying their last goodbyes to the project with a video for their final song. Directed by Jarett Sitter, it illustrates the story of one girl’s adventure to give life to the barren planet that she inhabits. After turning her tower into an underground shuttle and traveling to the single source that can turn her home from brown to green, she mystically transcends life from her planet’s core to its surface. As we see the small girl’s home start to bloom, we see the creation of a blossoming new world — not unlike the world Sally Shapiro created with their music. But before the video comes to an end, it shows that the girl has now been laid to rest, a sort of signifier that group has run its course, too. Watch the video above and send your final salutations to the duo.
-- Stereogum

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