by Evan Murphy

Consequence of Sound has premiered a new track from Canadian singer Andy Shauf’s upcoming album The Party, which will be available May 20th. Titled “The Worst In You,” it is a mixture of genres, mainly baroque folk and melodic sixties pop.

“‘The Worst in You,’ came together really late in the recording of the album. I wrote it in about ten minutes while I was stuck on another song. It’s about a guy trying to find his girlfriend at a party, and about how easy it is to jump to negative conclusions.” quotes Shauf.

Shauf’s upcoming album The Party has been getting some rave reviews from critics, “On his terrific new album, The Party, he handled all instrumental duties with the exception of the strings, which heighten the sense of melancholy melodrama. Shauf’s writing has been described as cinematic… It features a cast of dismal walk-on parts such as the fool “in the kitchen, stressing out the host” on Early to the Party, “the halfwit spilling his guts out” on Begin Again, or the self-serving type slagging his best friend as a way of endearing himself to his freshly dumped ex on Quite Like You. As concept albums about a party and the after-party go, think the Weeknd’s House of Balloons, only instead of glamorous debauchees it’s stoner losers. But it’s so tightly narrated and beautifully observed that you warm to them all. The wonkily resonant piano, pattering drums, fuzzed-out and acoustic guitars, clarinets and swelling strings seem to pursue each character from room to room, mocking their pathetic situations. At times the budget grandeur posits Shauf as a sort of indie Burt Bacharach: don’t be fooled by the chintzy synths and general thrift-store appearance. He can go either way, though. One track, Martha Sways, injects notes of dissonance – off-kilter violins, random stabs of piano – that will be familiar to fans of Big Star’s Sister Lovers. Then again, a lot of these songs have the warm, easy-listening appeal of the hippest mainstream 70s songwriters, up to and including Nilsson, while reclaiming aspects of the cheesiest.” – The Guardian

Shauf is currently on a European tour, which includes opening for The Lumineers as well as headlining the Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Here is is his full tour schedule:

18 April – Olympia, Dublin, IE *

19 April – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK *

20 April – Studio 2, Liverpool, UK [buy tickets] **

21 April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK **

23 April – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK *

24 April – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK *

25 April – Joiners Arms, Southampton, UK – [buy tickets] **

27 April – Trianon, Paris, FR *

28 April – AB, Brussell, BE *

29 April – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL *

30 April – Rotterdam, Paradijskerk (Rotown) – [buy tickets] **

01 May – Groningen, Grand Theatre [buy tickets] **

02 May – E-Werk, Cologne, DE *

04 May – Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, DE *

06 May – Admiralspalast, Berlin, DE *

08 May – Berns, Stockholm, SE *

09 May – Rockefeller, Oslo, NO *

10 May – VEGA, Copenhagen, DK *

11 May – Grand, Malmo, SE – [buy tickets] **

12 May – Oceanen, Gothenburg, SE – [buy tickets] **

14 May – Baumhausbar, Berlin, DE  **

15 May – Le Royal, Prague CZ  **

16 May – B72, Vienna, AT – [buy tickets] **

17 May – Zurich, EXIL, CH  [buy tickets]  **

18 May – Geneva, Kalvingrad, CH [buy tickets] **

19 May – Botanique, Brussells, BE [buy tickets] **

20 May – Molotow, Hamburg, DE  **

21 May – Gabaude 9, Cologne, DE  **

23 May – Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL [buy tickets] **

25 May – Bush Hall, London, UK [buy tickets] **

26 May – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK – [buy tickets] **

30 May – La Péniche, Lille, FR –  [buy tickets] **

31 May – Mécanique Ondulatoire, Paris, FR [buy tickets]

02 June – Primavera, Barcelona, ES – SOLD OUT

 

You can listen to his new song, ‘The Worst In You’ here!