Running parallel with his solo career, Andy Shauf has also been keeping busy making music with a bunch of childhood friends – under the moniker of Foxwarren – for more than a decade, though keeping it a secret. Now, the Saskatchewan band have finally released a first album. Following in well-trodden singer/ songwriter footsteps, the ten tunes in this self-titled record are a soft reminiscence of the Beatles’ McCartney side and the American songwriter era of the Sixties – the Band and Paul Simon are manifest influences, together with Pedro the Lion – enriched with a touch of synths and sweet melancholy, plus a nuance of country/folk-ish forlornness. A gem in its genre, Foxwarren’s debut adds further evidence to Shauf’s often-overlooked talent as both a singer and a songwriter.
Photo by Chris Graham.