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Alternative & Indie - Released January 24, 2020 | Anti - Epitaph

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In 2016, Andy Shauf gave us The Party, a great work of shimmering intimate pop. That third opus from the timid Canadian was touching and precise, and notably brought fans of the late Elliott Smith some astounding and meticulous melodies, like Harry Nilsson, Dean Friedman and Paul Simon were prone to doing in the 1970s. Four years later, the songwriter does not appear to have left the cosy confines of that boudoir, this time with added folk guitars. The timeless and classic atmosphere of The Neon Skyline does however revolve around a whole new concept: eleven songs telling the story of a night spent with friends in a bar called The Neon Skyline. Introspection, sadness, friendship, love, anecdotes… there is certainly scope for the subject matter to be hackneyed, yet Shauf sculpts an intimate and perfect symphony. The surface level simplicity is swept away by the beauty of melodies and his unique way of speaking about separation, addiction and mistakes with smart compassion. A real craftsman’s work. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Alternative & Indie - Released May 20, 2016 | Anti - Epitaph

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A cauldron of joyous Baroque pop music, The Party sees Canadian Andy Shauf sign off one of the best indie pop albums of 2016. Everything is precise, beautiful and emotive on this third studio album from the young songwriter from Saskatchewan. Fans of Elliot Smith are sure to feel familiar with the overwhelming melodies and sophisticated arrangements sometimes reminiscent of what Harry Nilsson, Dean Friedman and even Paul Simon were doing in the 70s. Everything seems rooted in classicism and the pen of Shauf proves might. It only takes two or three listens for the addiction to set in - truly magical pop. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 20, 2016 | Anti - Epitaph

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A cauldron of joyous Baroque pop music, The Party sees Canadian Andy Shauf sign off one of the best indie pop albums of 2016. Everything is precise, beautiful and emotive on this third studio album from the young songwriter from Saskatchewan. Fans of Elliot Smith are sure to feel familiar with the overwhelming melodies and sophisticated arrangements sometimes reminiscent of what Harry Nilsson, Dean Friedman and even Paul Simon were doing in the 70s. Everything seems rooted in classicism and the pen of Shauf proves might. It only takes two or three listens for the addiction to set in - truly magical pop. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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International Pop - Released January 30, 2015 | Tender Loving Empire

Like the long, cold prairie winters during which it was recorded, Andy Shauf's sophomore LP, The Bearer of Bad News, is both grim and beautiful, bearing the kind of weary warmth of a bedroom lamp lit after a five p.m. sunset. Recorded in his basement in Regina, Saskatchewan over the course of two years and written over four, it has the deep, refined feeling of being worked on, but not overworked. The 11 tracks here are decidedly rustic at heart, with a hushed, Spartan feeling akin to early Elliott Smith albums, an acknowledged influence of Shauf's. The vision is singular, with Shauf supplying all the vocals and instrumentation save for drums on one track. From the dead-string strumming of the buoyant opener "Hometown Hero" to the foreboding creep of "Wendell Walker," he paints a descriptive picture of small-town life and lonesome folks looking inward with desolate lines like "Now this past winter was the coldest in years/It's hard to explain if you've never lived here." Shauf's brand of Canadiana is rooted in folk music, but the sophistication of his arrangements reveals a keen pop sensibility that saves it from wallowing too deeply in the sepia-toned doldrums. His clever and often dissonant clarinet and string orchestrations on songs like "I'm Not Falling Asleep" and "The Man on Stage" add a richness of color that belies the album's generally somber tone. The Bearer of Bad News may be a sad, introspective album, but Shauf's lyrical poeticism and multidimensional musicality are what sets it apart from others of its ilk. ~ Timothy Monger

Alternative & Indie - Released October 23, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 13, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 20, 2016 | Anti - Epitaph

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A cauldron of joyous Baroque pop music, The Party sees Canadian Andy Shauf sign off one of the best indie pop albums of 2016. Everything is precise, beautiful and emotive on this third studio album from the young songwriter from Saskatchewan. Fans of Elliot Smith are sure to feel familiar with the overwhelming melodies and sophisticated arrangements sometimes reminiscent of what Harry Nilsson, Dean Friedman and even Paul Simon were doing in the 70s. Everything seems rooted in classicism and the pen of Shauf proves might. It only takes two or three listens for the addiction to set in - truly magical pop. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Alternative & Indie - Released January 22, 2020 | Anti - Epitaph

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Andy Shauf is a songwriter who can find memorable stories in places most people would never bother to look. On 2016's The Party, he created a compelling and powerful song cycle from the interactions of the guests at a party in a small Canadian town. The album won enough acclaim to be short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and four years later Shauf has come out with a similarly memorable follow-up, Neon Skyline. Another concept piece, Neon Skyline is built around an equally humble framework -- a guy goes to the bar to drink a few beers with his buddy, learns his old girlfriend is in town for a visit, and as he starts to get lost in memories, the woman in question shows up. As a lyricist, Shauf has a superb ear for the rhythm of conversations and the inner lives of people whose ambitions never grew enough to take them out of the confines of their hometown. There's a naturalism to these songs that can register as funny, sad, or poignant as the night wears on, and his voice -- somewhere between Ron Sexsmith and Josh Ritter -- is pitched at just the right spot between the ordinary and the expressive. With his dour but easygoing melodies built around subtle guitar lines, unfussy but eloquent piano work, and the sad whispers of woodwinds, Shauf's music is an artful fusion of indie rock and smart contemporary folk with a glimmer of the sort of sadly pretty pop music that was a presence in Canadian Content radio of the '70s. Shauf played all the instruments on Neon Skyline as well as engineering and producing the sessions (Rob Schnapf was brought in to mix), and his record-making skills are to be reckoned with; there's barely a wrong move or a wasted gesture to be found in these 11 tracks, and for all its subtlety, there are several moments on Neon Skyline that can break your heart or make you gasp with recognition. Quite simply, there are precious few indie songwriters who can impress as easily as Andy Shauf, and Neon Skyline is the work of an artist delivering on their significant promise. ~ Mark Deming
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 22, 2019 | Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

Alternative & Indie - Released January 14, 2020 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 16, 2015 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 14, 2016 | Anti - Epitaph

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Rock - Released January 5, 2015 | Tender Loving Empire

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 10, 2016 | Anti - Epitaph

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