Here is the new video for Andy Shauf’s song The Magician. The track is from the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album The Party which arrives this May 20th.

The video for The Magician, like the track, is an intensely evocative affair that’s warmly familiar, like a cherished classic from some non-existent past. Several early reviews have referenced Elliott Smith and Harry Nilsson, both artists that reside in Shauf’s record collection. The video, directed by Winston Hacking, mirrors this innovative and timeless feel perfectly with a collage of animated imagery that move around an artistically rendered Shauf stares directly ahead as he sings.

Andy Shauf told RockShot Music Magazine, “I’ve kind of realized over the past little while that when you are working with someone else you have to let them realize their own artistic vision and work within their own tastes. I’m really glad that we gave Winston free reign over the video because he used such beautiful imagery and striking colors to create this collage that I’m proud to have been a part of.”

Winston Hacking, the director, explains the genesis and execution of the concept, “My mom gave me a bunch of old postcards from my grandparents’ collection – they were the starting point for the idea and became the backdrop to the video. I live in Montreal but the performance shoot had to happen in Toronto so I directed it over Skype.

My photographer friend Geoff Fitzgerald shot Andy singing and then sent it to me. I printed out a still frame of Andy’s face and cut out the eyes and mouth. I put the performance video on an IPad and taped the still frame print of Andy overtop. I then shot the iPad with the photo overtop – I wanted him to blend into the “paperteered” collage world seamlessly.”

Andy Shauf will be touring extensively in Europe in the next few months. He is set to open for The Lumineers on their highly anticipated European tour this April and May. He will also be doing headlining shows and festivals, including the Primavera festival in Barcelona (ES). Please see below for the full list of shows:

14 April – Academy, Bristol, UK *
15 April – Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK *
16 April – Mash House, Edinburgh, UK [buy tickets] **
17 April – Mandela Hall, Belfast, IE *
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 *
27 April – Trianon, Paris, FR *
28 April – AB, Brussell, BE *
29 April – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL *
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 *
17 May – Zurich, EXIL, CH ** [buy tickets]
18 May – Geneva, Kalvingrad, CH [buy tickets] **
19 May – Botanique, Brussells, BE [buy tickets] **
23 May – Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL [buy tickets] **
25 May – Bush Hall, London, UK [buy tickets] **
26 May – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK [buy tickets] **
31 May – Mécanique Ondulatoire, Paris, FR [buy tickets]
02 June – Primavera, Barcelona, ES – SOLD OUT

* with The Lumineers
**Headline show

For more information: http://www.andyshauf.com/

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