Andy Shauf - The Bearer Of Bad News-CD-South

Andy Shauf - The Bearer Of Bad News


Vinyl+MP3. There‰۪s an innate stillness and depth to Andy Shauf‰۪s music‰ÛÓa quiet, riveting strength that subtly steals its way into a listener‰۪s bones. He‰۪s a storyteller: a singer of heartbreak and regrets, isolation and loneliness, small-town legends and smaller-town killers. Throughout his forthcoming album The Bearer of Bad News he studies the universal through two to five-minute microcosms, spinning tales as few others can, where accidental, redemptive victories (‰ÛÏHometown Hero‰۝) stir alongside evocative, heartrending tales of self-doubt and lost loves (‰ÛÏI‰۪m Not Falling Asleep‰۝). The Saskatchewan native‰۪s tender, singular tenor guides the way over muted instrumentation of softly-strummed guitars, dampened drums, weathered piano, and clarinet, which lends its unique timbre to frequently brighten‰ÛÓor hauntingly underscore‰ÛÓthe songs‰۪ darker undercurrents. Meticulously written over four years and recorded over one in a makeshift studio set up in his parent‰۪s basement, Shauf, whose delivery at times reminds of Elliott Smith or Paul Simon, plays nearly every instrument on The Bearer of Bad News. The album was crafted on his grandfather‰۪s timeworn guitar and heavily influenced by the aforementioned‰ÛÓand newly learned‰ÛÓclarinet, which was a Christmas gift from family. In spite of his modest recording set-up, Shauf imbued The Bearer of Bad News with an enduring warmth and redolence that lingers long after the album ends. 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. // ‰ÛÏAs one of the most outstanding talents we‰۪ve heard in quite some time, Canada‰۪s Andy Shauf offers up a timeless mix of melody, voice and lyrics that as comfortable as it is impressive. The mature-before-his-years cliche might very well have been invented for Shauf and long-player The Bearer of Bad News engenders the same feelings in us as Fleet Foxes‰۪ first record.‰۝ - Line Of Best Fit // "Andy's Shauf's acoustic songs made me think of the late Elliott Smith's beautiful music in that they sound intricate and ghostly." - Hue Stephens, NME / BBC Radio 1 // Andy Shauf is the kind of artist that makes you upset it took so long for their music to reach your ears." All Music