Andy Shauf Announces “The Bearer of Bad News” for February Release

Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf will see a US wide release of his album The Bearer of Bad News on February 3rd, 2015, via a partnership between Tender Loving Empire and Party Damage Records.

There’s an innate stillness and depth to Shauf and his music – a quiet, riveting strength that subtly steals its way into a listener’s bones. He’s a storyteller: a singer of heartbreak and regrets, isolation and loneliness, small-town heroes and smaller-town killers. Throughout The Bearer of Bad News, Shauf studies the universal through two to five-minute microcosms, spinning tales as few others can where accidental, redemptive victories (the jaunty charmer “Hometown Hero”) stir alongside evocative, heartrending tales of self-doubt and lost loves (“I’m Not Falling Asleep,” the achingly beautiful “Covered In Dust,” “You’re Out Wasting”). There’s not one, but three cinematic murder ballads that slowly unfold like the greatest of tragedies: “Wendell Walker,” an epic account of adultery and betrayal, as well as “Jerry Was A Clerk” and “My Dear Helen,” sister songs that skillfully tell two sides of one unintended death. Shauf’s tender, singular tenor guides the way over muted instrumentation of softly-strummed guitars, dampened drums, weathered piano, and clarinet, which lends its unique timbre to frequently brighten – or hauntingly underscore – the songs’ darker undercurrents.

Meticulously written over four years, and recorded throughout one in a makeshift studio set up in his parent’s basement, Shauf plays nearly every instrument on The Bearer of Bad News. The album was crafted on his grandfather’s timeworn guitar and heavily influenced by the aforementioned – and newly learned – clarinet, which was a Christmas gift from family. In spite of his modest recording setup, Shauf imbued The Bearer of Bad News with an enduring warmth and redolence that lingers long after the album ends, a skill which earned him praise across Canada. Cover artwork and a full track listing can be seen below.

Shauf – who performed at SXSW, The Great Escape, and Calgary Folk Festival, among others, this year – will tour the US in early 2015, with dates to be announced soon.

The Bearer of Bad News track listing:

Hometown Hero
Drink My Rivers
I’m Not Falling Asleep
Covered In Dust
Wendell Walker
You’re Out Wasting
The Man On Stage
Jesus, She’s a Good Girl
Lick Your Wounds
Jerry Was A Clerk
My Dear Helen

Photo by Chris Graham

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