Andy Shauf shares two new songs, “Satan” and “Jacob Rose”


Toronto singer/songwriter Andy Shauf has shared two new tracks, “Satan” and “Jacob Rose,” as double singles, along with a video for “Satan” directed by Canadian filmmaker Ryan Steel. Songs and video arrive after the full release of Shauf’s surprise in 2021 savagesmaking this single the first new material we’ve heard from him this year.

Cutting things back to basics, “Satan” and “Jacob Rose” see Shauf armed with nothing but guitar and drums, telling uplifting tales of demons with candy and a boy who accidentally stabs out of curiosity. The former track sees him deciding that the temptation to take Halloween candy from the devil is too great, stating that swimming in the lake of fire is worth it: “A long disciplined life and in the end/I take away my shoes and jump in. The juxtaposition between the violent lyrics and the soft, inviting lines of the slide guitar immediately catches you off guard, and the results are both disturbing and amusing.

In a press release, Shauf spoke about his religious upbringing and the inspiration behind “Satan”:

When I was young, there were a few years when I was not allowed to celebrate Halloween. The church I grew up in said that Halloween was “the devil’s day” and had its roots in satanic rituals. After a few years of this, my parents realized it was kind of silly to deny us our free candy and let us take it back. The Christianity I was raised in said believers went to heaven and non-believers went to hell. A sort of caricatural simplification of ancient texts. So with the lyrics to this song, 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 completing a long and disciplined life, you find yourself clutching a bite-sized bar of chocolate stapled to an invitation to a Halloween pool party with Satan himself.

Shauf is preparing to go on tour starting this month, touring North America first with Yves Jarvis, Haley Heyndrickx, Helena Deland and Cassandra Jenkins on various dates before playing shows in the UK. United and in Europe with Helena Deland in April and May.

Check out the music video for “Satan” and listen to “Jacob Rose” below, and keep scrolling to revisit Shauf’s 2020 Pastry Workshop session.


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