Last year, we'd learned that Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Shauf had signed up with both Arts & Crafts and Anti- to deliver his next full-length. Now, it's been confirmed that he'll celebrate the release of the album, titled The Party, on May 20.
The follow-up to 2012's The Bearer of Bad News is described in a press release as a "tightly narrated" collection full of "awkward characters," though it's added that The Party is not a concept record. The album has been in the works since 2014, with Shauf having written songs with a band out in Germany before scrapping the songs and returning home to Regina to start anew.
The 10-song release was recorded at Regina's Studio One, with multi-instrumentalist Shauf handling almost everything on his own. Colin Nealis added strings to the set.
A stream of opening track "The Magician" has materialized ahead of the album release, and you'll find it below, beneath the record's tracklisting. As previously reported, Arts & Crafts will handle the album release in Canada, while Anti- release the record in the U.S.
Info on Shauf's series of overseas and U.S. appearances can be found over here.
1. The Magician
2. Early To The Party
3. Twist Your Ankle
4. Quite Like You
5. Begin Again
6. The Worst In You
7. To You
8. Eyes Of Them All
9. Alexander All Alone
10. Martha Sways
06/28 Victoria, BC - Royal Theatre *
06/29 Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
* with case/lang/veirs