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Elliott Smith, control freakery and reclaiming the concept album – it’s all in EP013 with Andy Shauf!
Andy Shauf is a Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan, before moving to Regina. He got his musical start on the drums playing in several pop punk bands then picked up the guitar and began to develop his own quiet songwriting style – one that’s bears comparisons to the likes of Elliott Smith and Jens Lekman.
"Early to the party, you're the first one there, over-dressed and underprepared." Andy Shauf - Early To The Party
His sixth album, The Party was released earlier this week and has received major acclaim from blogs to broadsheet newspapers alike, with The Sunday Times hailing “music of extraordinary beauty and lushness… a gently growing delight”.
The record is in effect a concept album based around the loose theme of a house party in a small town, much like the one Andy grew up in. Lyrically, it’s built on astute observations of the social interactions and concerns of its guests, while cleverly arranged chamber pop melodies weave in and out, completing an appropriately beautiful and detailed musical model of small town life.
Matt spoke with Andy to find out more about his early days in Regina, the characters he creates and to ask him unanswerable philosophical questions…