Andy Shauf is continuing his hot streak today with two new songs, “Satan” and “Jacob Rose.” As per usual for the Toronto singer-songwriter, both songs are centered around his knack for poignant storytelling over pleasant melodies.
While “Satan” is a subtly gorgeous acoustic number, its origins are much darker, inspired by Shauf’s upbringing in a strict evangelical household where he wasn’t allowed to participate in Halloween festivities.
“The Christianity that I was brought up in said that believers went to heaven and non-believers went to hell,” Shauf said in a statement. “A sort of cartoon-like simplification of ancient texts. So with the lyrics of [“Satan”], I was trying to take this cartoon-like simplification of life (and death) and pair it with a cartoon-like version of this Christian hell. Where after you complete a long and disciplined life, you find yourself holding a bite-sized chocolate bar stapled to an invitation to a Halloween pool party with Satan himself.”
Meanwhile, “Jacob Rose” is a romantic guitar ballad with a bit of an old-school country twang that suits Shauf’s voice well. The two tracks will be available on a limited-edition 7-inch pressing, sigend by Shauf and limited to 100 copies. $20 from each sale will be donated to the Parkdale Food Centre in Toronto. Preorders are ongoing, with an anticipated ship date of May 1st. Listen to “Satan” and “Jacob Rose” below.
Last September, Shauf surprise-released Wilds, a collection of songs recorded during the sessions for 2020’s The Neon Skyline.