For a minute now, we’ve been telling you about the sounds of Canada’s Andy Shauf. A consummate songwriter, Shauf has been releasing solid albums for a while now. His newest album The Neon Skyline is on another level though. Echoing tones that are closest to that of Paul Simon and Harry Nilsson, The album written, performed and co-produced by Shauf himself is a feat of epic talent. With that in mind, we caught Shauf in person the other night, and we were floored by how immense his live sound is.
Unfortunately, the show fell around Valentines Day meaning that scheduling a photographer wasn’t going to happen. However as our words prove, Shauf can be just as captivating live as he is on record. Performing the album in its entirety for the most part, Shauf came to inspire and did so with ease. While he dug deep and played older tracks as well, the set up for the show was as engaging as it was entertaining.
Having a background of just a circle and a line, both neon meant that the focus was on the music primarily. The crowd that packed the room was respectful while Shauf and his backing band filled the room with sound. The mixture of the album’s heavy instrumentation wasn’t lost in this setting. With little banter, the music captivated us all as we stood in awe of the show itself, which was all about the moment and the songs within.
The Neon Skyline is available to purchase on physical formats directly from Anti Records. It can also be streamed on all streaming sites or purchased in all digital outlets. Andy Shauf is on tour tomorrow night in Phoenix, AZ at Crescent Ballroom until July 19 in Louisville, KY at Forecastle Festival. His complete tour schedule is available here.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel Live.