As far as songwriters go, there are more than you can even begin to count. While we here hold the belief that we have yet to discover the best songwriter going, there are plenty who could fit that mold. Canada’s Andy Shauf is one of those songwriters. Just the other day we were thinking that while his new album The Neon Skyline is out in January, isn’t it about time for him to release a new single. Low and behold he did just that with a new song and video, “Try Again.” While Shauf is in the midst of reinvention, the song is pure and straightforward and helps cements our belief that he’s a great songwriter.
Musically, the song has multiple layers that pop and sparkle. From the hand claps to the bass that thumps along, Shauf does this song in his own way. His vocals are closer to Paul Simon here than anything he’s ever done, and at moments the song has a very “Kodachrome” quality. However, Shauf is writing his own future here, never really trading on anything from the past while giving you a very comforting and familiar sound. The video is whimsical in its artistic endeavor. The animation employed is cute but not over the top.
The video can be viewed above or on YouTube. The song is available to stream on all platforms. The Neon Skyline is available to preorder on multiple formats directly from Anti Records before its release on January 24. Andy Shauf is on tour beginning February 07 at Ace of Cups in Columbus, OH until May 16 at Colony in Woodstock, NY. His complete tour routing can be located here.
Image Credits: Photo by Colin Medley.