Andy Shauf shares new single “Try Again” with surreal stop-motion video


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Another thumbnail from Andy Shauf’s upcoming concept album, The neon skyline, has arrived, accompanied by a colorful stop-motion clip. “Try Again,” the second single from the record after “Things I Do,” describes an awkward interchange of words between two exes as they meet at a bar, part of an overall storyline that unfolds over the course of a eventful night.

On “Try Again,” Shauf finds himself “somewhere between drunkenness and chivalry,” as he uses his charming style of storytelling to describe a surprise interaction with his ex. His lightly sung reflections describe his character as embarrassed – tempting a bad British accent, keeping a smile a little too long – and as the night goes on, he realizes that this reunion has resurfaced sleepy emotions. At the end, Shauf resigns himself to the strange experience by singing, “I quietly toast the things that I do and don’t miss. Despite the despondency, the song evokes a happy atmosphere with energetic riffs that shatter every verse.

The video for the single, produced by Gérald Fleury and Timo Hateau from animation studio Mizotte & Cabécou, explodes with a wonderful palette of shapes and colors that interact with each other thanks to stop-motion animation. He follows a sentient house as it explodes into different realms. The house interacts with a thumping boot, clinking wine glasses and a waving coat as she searches different environments for answers to her quest.

As Mizotte & Cabécou explain, they wanted their hand-made video to reflect the feeling that “Try Again” evokes without directly relating to Shauf’s story:

Rather than illustrating the script, we imagined our own quirky narrative as a parallel to the song. Design, movement, colors and atmosphere are influenced by the pop and childish dream world of 70s French animation

The neon skyline releases January 24, 2020 on ANTI-, and can be pre-ordered on vinyl and CD here. You can watch the video for “Try Again” and a sample from Shauf’s 2014 Pastry session below, and find the details of his album and his tour below.


The neon skyline Art album:

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The neon skyline List of tracks:


01. Neon horizon
02. Where are you Judy
03. Clove cigarette
04. Thirteen hours
05. Things I do
06. Living room
07. Children of the Dust
08. The Moon
09. Try again
10. Fire truck
11. Changer

Andy Shauf 2020 Tour Dates:

February

07 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups *
08 – Lexington, Ky. @ The Burl *
09 – Knoxville, Tennessee @ Barley’s Taproom *
11 – Nashville, Tennessee @ Exit / Entrance *
13 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall *
14 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk *
15 – Dallas, Texas @ Deep Ellum Art Co. *
18 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Crescent Ballroom *
20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater *
21 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall *
22 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s *
24 – Portland, Oregon @ Revolution Hall *
25 – Seattle, Washington @ Neumos *
26 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
28 – Calgary, Alberta. @ Bella Concert Hall *
29 – Edmonton, Alberta. @ The Starlite Room *

March

02 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. @ Broadway Theater *
03 – Regina, Saskatchewan. @ The exchange *
04 – Winnipeg, Man. @ Theater du Parc *
05 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Fine Line Music Hall *
06 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ Colectivo *
07 – Chicago, Illinois @ Thalia Hall *
13 – Lyon, France @ Modern Epicerie
14 – Bordeaux, France @ Krakatoa
17 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
18 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Mono
19 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
20 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
21 – Bristol, UK @ Fiddlers
22 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk
25 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Orangerie
26 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ TivoliVredenburg
27 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown
28 – Nijmegen, The Netherlands @ Doornroosje
30 – Hamburg, Germany @ Elbphilharmonie
31 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen

April

01 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen Klubb
02 – Oslo, Norway @ Ingensteds
04 – Berlin, Germany @ Silent Green
05 – Cologne, Germany @ Luxor
06 – Rouen, France @ Le 106
07 – Paris, France @ Trianon
08 – London, United Kingdom @ Shepherds Bush Empire
24 – Toronto, Ont. @ Danforth Music Hall ^
25 – Montreal, Que. @ Corona Theater ^
26 – Sheffield, Mass. @ Race Brook Lodge ^
28 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club ^
30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw ^

Can

01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
02 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^
04 – Charlottesville, North Carolina @ The South ^
05 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
06 – Asheville, North Carolina @ L’Aigle Gris ^
08 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West ^
09 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ One Eyed Jacks ^
10 – Birmingham, Alabama @ Saturn ^
12 – Indianapolis, Indiana @ Hi-Fi ^
13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum ^
15 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents ^
16 РWoodstock, NY @ Colony Caf̩ ^

(* = with Molly Sarlé)
(^ = with Faye Webster)

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