Back in 2020, Andy Shauf landed one of the albums of the year with his mellow trip to the moon on the ‘life regaled from a barstool’ concept record The Neon Skyline.
Throughout his vulnerably exposed extolling of joyous indie, the character of Judy is a recurring protagonist and once more she seems to be the cause of Shauf’s musical fixation on his brand-new single ‘Spanish On The Beach’.
For the single, he sticks closely to the same sonic tones as the record that landed among Barack Obama’s yearly round-up, however, this time the romantic shenanigans take place on a sunny promenade in the Costa del Somewhere of a non-specific Spanish resort.
In a statement accompanying the release of the single, Shauf remarked: “It’s the same theme as the story ended up being at the Skyline but the narrator’s life is a little bit booze-fuelled.”
It’s a familiar tale for many, the first trip abroad is the quintessential make or break moment where all flaws are amplified under the supposed boon of the sun. As he adds: “And this vacation is kind of like the first stop on the way to destruction.”
This single launch probably doesn’t indicate a second 12-inch instalment, however, as it seems so sonically similar to the last that it is probably one of the many tracks that ventured a little too far from his one-night-in-drunken-reminisce concept and ended up on the ash heap.
The probable cause for its phoenix-like restoral from the cutting floor, is a) it’s simply a very pleasant listen that broadens the oeuvre of Neon Skyline to see how it sounds with a tan, and b) he’s about to embark on a tour next week.
He starts by wayfaring his way across the no doubt neon-red-lit venues and bars of the US before heading to Europe for more all-inclusive fun and flaws. You can find out more details on his official website and catch the single below.