Text in englischer Sprache verfügbarSinger/songwriter Andy Shauf's dark, rustic tales of the Canadian prairie blend folk with sophisticated pop, reflecting his upbringing in Regina, Saskatchewan. Citing influences like Wilco, Elliott Smith, and Neil Young, Shauf's hushed, lyrical songs have a keen focus on arrangement, while his lyrics are literate and down-to-earth, offering deep-focus portraits of the emotional lives of his characters. After making his debut with a collection of demos released in 2009 as Darker Days, Shauf made his commercial and critical breakthrough with 2016's The Party, a painstakingly created song cycle following the events of a single evening at a house party. He followed it with 2020's The Neon Skyline, another concept piece about lost love and one evening at a small town bar. Andy Shauf was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 21, 1986. His parents were evangelical Christians who ran a music and electronics store, and equipment that went unsold often ended up at the Shauf house. Andy became part of the family's Christian rock group as he learned to master a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, bass, drums, and clarinet (the latter being one of the reasons woodwinds often pop up in his arrangements). As a teenager, he played drums with a Christian pop punk band called Captain, but his disinterest in spiritual matters led to him quitting the group. Preferring to work on his own, Shauf set up a studio in his parents' basement, and he started recording his songs by himself, playing all the instruments and handling the production and engineering. He self-released a set of early material under the title Darker Days in 2009. He spent the following two years painstakingly recording his first proper album, Bearer of Bad News, which he released in late 2012. The album was critically well-received and over the coming two years he expanded his touring range throughout North America, eventually heading to Europe as well. In January 2015, Bearer of Bad News was re-released by the Portland, Oregon-based label Tender Loving Empire, belatedly expanding his reputation in the United States. His follow-up was constructed in a similarly intricate manner, with the initial 2014 full-band sessions later being scrapped in favor of Shauf's preferred method of recording and arranging each instrument himself. The result was 2016's The Party, another literate, detailed pop gem that saw a U.S. release via the Anti- label, with Arts & Crafts handling the record in Canada. The album was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, an annual award honoring exceptional Canadian recordings. While he didn't win, the attention helped boost Shauf's public profile, and he was able to relocate to Toronto and build a better personal studio. Early 2020 saw the release of his fourth album, The Neon Skyline, a similarly smart and inventive concept piece.
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