Andy Shauf will be spending a lot of time in London over the next two months.
In April, the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter supports The Lumineers at their two Shepherds Bush Empire shows (23 and 24 April 2016) and on 25 May he plays a headline show at Bush Hall.
The young musician first gained international attention last year with his 2012 album ‘The Bearer of Bad News’. Its follow-up, ‘The Party’, is released on 20 May 2016 and finds Shauf exploring the scenarios that play out at a party attended by several unique characters.
Musically the collection has been compared with the likes of Elliott Smith, Harry Nilsson, Aimee Mann, and the Shins, with its ornate arrangements featuring instrumentation as diverse as fuzzed-out guitars, clarinets, and dreamy synths – all played by Shauf. He’d initially intended to record with a full band, with sessions beginning in Germany in early 2014, but the multi-instrumentalist ultimately decided to strip back the songs and re-record them himself.
It was a return to the DIY ethos that saw him make his first album at home while still in high school and, later, start playing his songs on acoustic guitar at Canada’s DIY punk venues.
“I always expected to get my ass kicked, but people would just end up buying CDs,” he remembers. But it was only in 2015, with the re-release of ‘The Bearer of Bad News’, that Shauf really started making a name for himself, landing slots at festivals like Newport Folk Festival and Iceland Airwaves, as well as two European tours.
Now, less than a year later, he’s back and armed with new music.