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Andy Shauf | Indie88 Black Box Sessions

Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf released his eighth studio album Norm earlier this year. While he is renowned for his concept albums that center around a larger narrative, with Norm Shauf aimed to write a “normal album… a collection of songs that aren’t related to each other.” But as the album was coming together, the songs began to coalesce around a main character named Norm. Over the course of the album, the character of Norm becomes more fleshed out, and his sinister intentions are revealed.

Andy Shauf visited the Indie88 Black Box to perform acoustic versions of “Norm” and “Halloween Store.” Both songs are featured on the new album. By stripping away the layers of production, Shauf is able to create a deeply moving and authentic musical experience that is a testament to his talent as a songwriter and performer.

Shauf’s intricate fingerpicking and haunting vocals create a sense of melancholy that is impossible to ignore. Throughout both performances, Shauf’s understated charisma and raw talent are on full display. His ability to convey complex emotions through simple melodies and poetic lyrics is truly remarkable.

Andy Shauf is currently on tour, and will be performing at Toronto’s Massey Hall on May 5, 2023 with Marina Allen.

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