SHIFT embodies movement and change, it is inspired by Shaun’s past and current relationships, his creative circle of companions, and his Bronx upbringing, where he would wake in the morning to the sound of his parents playing Björk, Everything but the Girl and Donna Hathaway. Thematically, the album shifts from loneliness to queer relationships and the artist’s experience of having albinism. Generically, it shifts from R&B to pop and spoken word. Threaded throughout, unchanging, is the unmistakeable and inimitable voice and vision of Shaun Ross. Join METAL as we chat with the artist about harnessing his vulnerability, pushing through his past and expressing the contents of his “mind, body and soul”.