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Wilds

by Andy Shauf

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PaintedDogs Pretty, understated indie rock, these little tales work equally well independently or as a whole. I have an appreciation for writers who don't force the pace but still succeed, exactly what this album does. Favorite track: Green Glass.
holly
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holly a+ album, always a pleasure to have new andy shauf music. green glass has such an understated but awesome bassline. Favorite track: Green Glass.
Charlie Moonbeam
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Charlie Moonbeam Mellow banger after mellow banger from one of my favorite songwriters/producers.
Mark DiTusa
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Mark DiTusa The Judyverse continues. Shauf's ability to weave a narrative into a song or album remains almost unmatched, and although I agree that these songs are a little underbaked individually, I love the album. Favorite track: Spanish On The Beach.
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Dicimon Arustavi Wow there are some weird bits on this...love it!
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David Knights Cowling I toss, and turn. When yearning falls to wanting, and wanting to breathing, I flush this record through the magnets and bask. Favorite track: Believe Me.
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1.
Judy (Wilds) 02:45
Judy and me, every week, buy a ticket for the Wednesday night lottery. She picks the numbers, I pick it up. Would it feel different if I was holding the winning one? What would you buy? I’d buy a ticket for the Thursday night and try to win twice. Judy and me, every week, drink at the bar until the numbers are released. I want to pick them one week, but I know that’d be the week that they pick her numbers. What would you buy? I’d buy a ticket for the Thursday night and try to win twice. Judy and me, every time, get our hopes up a little too high. Judy and me, squint our eyes to read the numbers and say maybe next time. What would you buy? I’d buy a ticket for the Thursday night and try to win twice.
2.
You spoke in Spanish on the beach, I tried to make up my mind whether I could understand a word you said. You took my hand and we walked out, I forgot to lock the door, you stood waiting in a long dark dress. I wished it could be permanent. I feel glamorous, do you? With my shoes taking shots - oh that sound of authority. You speak in Spanish and I turn to watch the musicians play, standing straight with their smiling eyes. I wished it could be permanent. I wondered what you would have done if I had bought the ring and decided to go down on one knee and in an operatic voice I would start singing with the band it would be so mortifying - it makes me laugh. I wished it could be permanent. On the last day we were there you said you wished we could stay, boarded the plane and everything changed. I wished it could be permanent.
3.
Jaywalker 03:12
All of your friends started wondering why you were choking back tears at an easy goodbye. Everything started feeling urgent today, when you open your mouth you have nothing to say. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming. Moving your lips like you’re wanting to smile, everything that you love always goes out of style. Took a good chance on a triumph or two, hangin’ around town never looked good on you. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming. It’s been a few years, you can barely recall why the things that you said have you feeling so small. Thirty-one years, now you’re up on your feet, staring down and your shoes as you’re crossing the street. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming. Woke up confused in a hospital gown with your arm in a sling and nobody around. Dreamed about Judy, she was driving a car. You were crossing the street, didn’t get very far. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming
4.
Call 02:59
I want to hear your voice call down the empty street telling me to wait up, telling me anything. I just want to hear your voice call down the empty street telling me you miss me, just telling me anything. Hold me underwater, let me soak it in. Do you want to hear anything I say? I want to hear your voice call, waking me instead of telling me the difference between living in my head and living in the present. I thought everyone knew that it’s not always easy knowing what to do. Hold me underwater, let me soak it in. Do you want to hear anything I say? I want to hear your voice call down the empty street waking all the cars up, waking all the people. I just want to hear your voice call any time of day. Now I’m swerving on the sidewalk but I know you’ll be okay. Hold me underwater, let me soak it in. Do you want to hear anything I say?
5.
Up to the surface, cold and blue, I look over at her. Sweater on, suntan glowing - she says ‘maybe we should go’ and I nod my head, feeling the rain in my hair. Wind picks up, throws me a towel. Up the stairs, my feet wet. Fluorescent lights, suntan glowing - she says ‘I’m glad we did this’ and I nod my head, feeling the rain in her hair. Television blue ‘til three in the morning. Was she talking to me? Eyes wide open, pitch dark - unsure of what to do, I nod my head. Dreaming of rain in my hair. Judy takes a sip, says ‘I remember we stole bug spray. Out of money, blue motel, you told me to go to hell.’ I nod my head. ‘But remember the rain in your hair?’
6.
Green Glass 03:53
One in the morning baby, will I disappear? Do you have the money - are we getting out of here? Tuesday’s for nothing baby. What’s your Wednesday like? Everything looks better when you’re in a different light. Look through the green glass for me, will you? One in the morning baby, two by noon, isn’t it romantic? Maybe I’ll be leaving soon. Like it doesn’t matter baby - coffee for two. I already told you I would be coming home soon. Look through the green glass for me, will you? Great American sitcom pauses, commercial break. Nothing really matters, can I do another take? Great American sitcom resumes, takes home the laugh. Everything feels better when I’m thumbing through the past. Look through the green glass for me, will you? Two in the morning baby, three by noon, isn’t it romantic? Maybe we could go home soon. Step into static charge, I can’t leave the room! It would feel better if I was telling you the truth. Look through the green glass for me, will you?
7.
One bad attitude stomping out a smile, breathing cigarette smoke like a grownup child. One goes unspoken, the other won’t kill. This kind of logic’s got me feeling ill. The wicked and wild in me. So hungover, you don’t know why. Wonder if you left without paying or saying goodnight. One bad memory blurred round the sides, was it something you said making you want to die? The wicked and wild in me. Two sides of one coin go spinning round, wondering which side’s gonna hit the ground. One big fight out in the cold trying to fall asleep in the wind and the snow. The wicked and wild in me. Getting all wasted and running your mouth, revealing yourself to be way out of touch. One bad attitude blaming goodbyes, but playing the victim is getting so tired. The wicked and wild in me.
8.
Believe Me 03:05
‘Marry me’ bounces off the walls. I can’t seem to make it stop, maybe I don’t want to. ‘Marry me.’. Did she kneel down? I didn’t see it coming. Oh believer, believe me. We were in an argument. It felt like the front door blew open, to me anyways. She said, ‘I think I should go’ and I haven’t seen her since that afternoon. Oh believer, believe me. ‘Marry me’ rattles in my head. I told her it would never work. I said, ‘Just look at us now.’ Oh believer, believe me.
9.
It was so nice. I thought the bridesmaids looked beautiful. Jeremy’s suit was a little stiff, but that’s how it goes, Judy. Why didn’t you come say hello in the receiving line? I think he would’ve liked to have said ‘hi’ and ‘you look nice,’ Judy. Part of me misses you almost all of the time. You say out of sight, out of mind. I disagree, Judy. Smoke a joint on the side stairs. It is so nice. You ask me if I want to dance, oh it makes me laugh, Judy. Skip a step, land on your toe, you make a face. You forgot I was so bad at this and I’m so stoned and it makes you laugh and it’s all okay, Judy, and it makes you laugh. Is it all okay, Judy?

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released September 24, 2021

A collection of 9 songs written and recorded by Andy Shauf between March and May of 2018.
All songs & 2021 Andy Shauf (SOCAN)
Published by Songs of the Mothership (ASCAP)
Mixing: Jonathan Anderson
Mastering: Philip Shaw Bova
Artwork: Andy Shauf
Photos: Colin Medley
Layout: Josh Daignault

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