Sally Shapiro was never exactly a group, and it was never the name of a solo artist, either. Instead, Sally Shapiro was a partnership of sorts. The Swedish producer Johan Agebjörn spent the past 10 years making warm, twee Italo-disco with a notoriously shy singer whose real name is still unknown and who avoided the spotlight at all costs. (We call her Sally Shapiro, but that’s also the name of the duo, which is confusing.) As Pitchfork points out, Agebjörn and Shapiro have announced that they’re going their separate ways and ending the project. And next month, they’ll release their final single, a piece of giddy, burbling dance-pop called “If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind.” Listen to it and read a statement from Sally Shapiro below.
Here’s their statement:
This is it.
Thanks for everything.
We did the best we could.
Everything came from the heart.
Everything was in stereo.
And in a press release, they’ve added this:
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.
“If You Ever Wanna Change Your Heart” is out 5/12 on Paper Bag, and its B-side is an acoustic cover of David Guetta’s “Dangerous.”