Today, Andy Shauf returns with a new single, “Spanish On The Beach,” via ANTI-, preceding his US tour, which kicks off next week. “Spanish On The Beach” could neatly slot into The Neon Skyline, his most recent album and “a wistful, funny, and heartbreaking world of its own” (Pitchfork). Over gentle, jazzy guitar strums augmented with the wispiest of woodwinds, Shauf tells an empathetic, funny story of a couple’s time on an all-inclusive resort vacation, using the idea of a language barrier as a metaphor for the beginning stages of communication breakdown. It ends with the narrator envisioning an imagined scenario in which he proposes to Judy, a character mentioned across The Neon Skyline, before bursting into song, musical theater-style, with the resort’s house band. “It’s the same theme as the story ended up being at the Skyline but the narrator's life is a little bit booze-fueled,” says Shauf on the song. “And this vacation is kind of like the first stop on the way to destruction.”
Andy Shauf kicks off his full band US tour next week with two shows at Warsaw in Brooklyn before heading to the Pitchfork Music Festival. He’ll tour all month across the country and return at the end of October for the Levitation Festival in Austin, Texas and Desert Daze in Perris, CA. The Andy Shauf band is comprised of Shauf (guitar, vocals), Colin Nealis (keys, synth), Daniel Pencer (woodwinds), Chris Bezant (guitar), Josh Daignault (bass) and Sean Mullins (drums).