Support: Tasseomancy

In den letzten Jahren, spätestens jedoch 2015 mit seinem dritten Album "The Bearer Of Bad News", hat sich Andy Shauf als Singer/Songwriter einen Namen gemacht. Der Geschichtenerzähler, der mit sanftem Tenor über Themen wie Herzschmerz, Kummer, Neugier, Spiritualität und Einsamkeit singt, stammt aus Regina, einem Örtchen in der kanadischen Provinz Saskatchewan. Dort brachte er sich neben Klavier, Gitarre und Klarinette diverse Instrumente selbst bei und nahm im Keller seiner Eltern Songs auf. So überzeugend, dass ihm bei den Western Canadian Music Awards der Preis "Produzent des Jahres 2013" verliehen wurde.
Seine Lieder klimpern vordergründig so dahin, aber bei genauem Hinhören entfalten sie eine unglaubliche Tiefe. Geradezu poetisch, jedenfalls sehr ehrlich und geschickt, vermischt Shauf Streicherelemente mit akustischer Gitarre, gedämpften Drums und verträumten Synthies und würzt das Ganze mit warmen Klarinetten- und melancholischen Pianoklängen. Dabei an Elliott Smith, Belle & Sebastian, Jeff Buckley und Nick Drake zu denken, ist sicher nicht verkehrt.

Support: Tesseomancy
Bella Union are delighted to announce the signing of TASSEOMANCY, aka Canadian twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman, whose new album Do Easy will be released 18th November via the label.

Genesis P-Orridge and Kathy Acker believed William Burroughs to be a vibrant beam of clarity.  P-Orridge, a disciple of Bouroughs, referred to “The Discipline of D.E. as a smooth hand of magic”. Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy stumbled upon the Discipline of D.E. (Do Easy), a short story outlining a-don’t-bust-a-gut Buddhist philosophy and “like a gentle old cop making a soft arrest”, she was deeply touched and set out to find the easy way.

For the seasoned loners, stoners, and lackadaisically laid, Do Easy was written as a dead-beat anthem for a generation who was told that anything is possible after the possibility slows. Written in both Toronto and Montreal, Do Easy was created as a lamp shade of hope; of soft survivalism. Serene, strange and magnetically sung, it’s an album that honours its free-thinking forebears without being weighed down by them, creating immersive worlds of loving allusion.

Soft synths and crystalline harmonies merge hypnotically on ‘Dead Can Dance and Neil Young’, an invitation to “fade into folk song”. If folk song this is, it’s folk of great idiosyncrasy, where vocoded chorales provide atmospheric shading and alto-saxophones drift like cigarette smoke from a David Lynch dream-film. Between the new age synth of “Claudine & Annie”, ambient swoon of “29 Palms”, Kate Bush-like prog-psych of “Missoula” and gently lapping title-track, Do Easy plays like pop from a parallel world.

Sisters Sari and Romy Lightman are former members of queer cold-wave band, Austra. Channelling their former forays in psychedelic folk into a kind of lushly accessible, warmly experimental dream-pop along with bandmates Johnny Spence and Evan Cartwright, they explore manipulated sounds, all with mood in mind. Assisted by friends Brodie West (alto-sax), Ryan Driver (flute) Simone Schmidt (voice of a young Neil Young) and Alex Cowan (Blue Hawaii) that exploration reaches full bloom on Do Easy, the sound of a band hitting their richly imagined, luxuriously executed stride. And, wealth of evocative references included, making it all sound easy.

Mi, 01.03

Andy Shauf