For those who’ve heard the music of Canadian Andy Shauf, they all realize that he’s a master songwriter and composer. When his most recent album The Neon Skyline was released earlier this year, he proved that he was more than just an artist who can write a catchy hook. By writing, performing and producing the album himself, it was evident that Andy Shauf took his seat on the throne of master songwriters. Now he’s revealed two B-sides from the album. With both “Judy” and “Jeremy’s Wedding” he continues the narrative of the album without missing a beat.
On “Judy” you realize that the main character from The Neon Skyline has a song all to herself. Between the easy going pace and the pedal heavy guitar, Shauf sings about her as if she’s in a room away. The prechorus exhibits some magical touches. With dual vocals and a more instrument heavy tone, the chorus itself shares the same sound. Shauf isn’t flexing here, he’s just that kind of songwriter. Almost in a Paul Simon sort of way, the song stays with you if not for just the arrangements employed.
“Jeremy’s Wedding” offers some similarities in strengths of song craft. The acoustic strum that lies beneath the vocals and the easy pace sets the tone of the song. Shauf is opening up here, exercising his vocals within the calm demeanor of the song. The run down the fret board makes for a nice touch as the track is a great example of how Shauf can build excitement in a short run time.
Both songs are available for purchase from Anti Records as a limited edition seven inch vinyl, or it can be bundled with The Neon Skyline. The songs are also available to stream on all streaming sites or they can be purchased in all digital outlets. Andy Shauf is scheduled to return to touring beginning August 30 at Summerhall in Edinburgh, UK until December 18 in Asbury Park, NJ at House of Independents. Due to COVID-19 these dates are subject to change or cancellation. His complete tour schedule is available here.
Image Credits: Photo by Colin Medley.