Andy Shauf – “The Magician” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Andy Shauf’s new video for “The Magician,” a lushly arranged pop-rock throwback off his upcoming album The Party, takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey of passing vintage stock photography and paper doll scenes. The video begins with the image of a boy lying on the beach beside the orchestrated pull of a paper tide, but piece by piece the scene is torn apart to take us to a different, whimsical world made up of random magazine cut outs. Shauf himself is cut and pasted into this 2D puppet theatre, too, remaining stationary over the shifting backgrounds, or what might be a glimpse into his magical mind. But even he is torn apart and as the video comes to an end, we are left in the abyss of space, with only our friend from the beach to disrupt the pieced-together scenery. Winston Hacking directs; watch below.

Shauf has a lot of tour dates coming up on both sides of the Atlantic:

04/14 BRISTOL, UK @ Academy w/ Lumineers
04/15 GLASGOW, UK @ Barrowlands w/ Lumineers
04/16 EDINBURGH, UK @ Mash House
04/17 DUBLIN, IE @ Olympia w/ Lumineers
04/18 DUBLIN, IE @ Olympia w/ Lumineers
04/19 MANCHESTER, UK @ Albert Hall w/ Lumineers
04/20 LIVERPOOL, UK @ Studio 2
04/21 LEEDS, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
04/24 LONDON, UK @ Brixton Academy w/ Lumineers
04/25 SOUTHAMPTON, UK @ Joiners Arms w/ Lumineers
04/27 PARIS, FR @ Trianon w/ Lumineers
04/28 BRUSSELS, BE @ AB w/ Lumineers
04/29 AMSTERDAM, NL @ Melkweg w/ Lumineers
04/30 ROTTERDAM, NL @ Paradijskerk
05/01 GRONINGEN, NL @ Grand Theatre Up
05/02 COLOGNE, DE @ E-Werk w/ Lumineers
05/04 HAMBURG, DE @ Grosse Freiheit 36 w/ Lumineers
05/06 BERLIN, DE @ Admiralspalast w/ Lumineers
05/08 STOCKHOLM, SE @ Berns w/ Lumineers
05/09 OSLO, NO @ Rockefeller w/ Lumineers
05/10 COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega w/ Lumineers
05/11 MALMO, SE @ Grand
05/12 GOTHENBURG, SE @ Oceanen
05/14 BERLIN, DE @ Baumhausbar
05/16 VIENNA, AT @ B72
05/17 ZURICH, CH @ Exil
05/18 GENEVA, CH @ Kalvingrad
05/19 BRUSSELS, BE @ Les Nuits Botanique: Grand Salon de Concert
05/20 HAMBURG, DE @ Molotow
05/21 COLOGNE, DE @ Gebaude 9
05/23 AMSTERDAM, NL @ Paradiso
05/25 LONDON, UK @ Bush Hall w/ Evening Hymns
05/26 BRIGHTON, UK @ The Hope and Ruin w/ Evening Hymns
05/30 LILLE, FR @ La Peniche
05/31 PARIS, FR @ Mecanique Ondulatoire
06/02 BARCELONA, ES @ Primavera
06/03 BARCELONA, ES @ Primavera
06/09 NEW YORK, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Son Little
06/22 SAN DIEGO, CA @ Humphrey’s w/ case/lang/veirs
06/23 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Greek Theatre w/ case/lang/veirs
06/25 SARATOGA, CA @ The Mountain Winery w/ case/lang/veirs
06/28 VICTORIA, BC @ Royal Theatre w/ case/lang/veirs
06/29 VANCOUVER, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre w/ case/lang/veirs
06/30 SEATTLE, WA @ Woodland Park Amphitheatre w/ case/lang/veirs
07/02 PORTLAND, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre w/ case/lang/veirs
07/05 BEND, OR @ Athletic Club of Bend w/ case/lang/veirs
07/09 WINNIPEG, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
07/26 BROOKLYN, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! w/ case/lang/veirs
07/27 WASHINGTON, DC @ Lincoln Theatre w/ case/lang/veirs
07/29 ATLANTA, GA @ Atlanta Botanical Garden w/ case/lang/veirs
08/02 SAN ANTONIO, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts w/ case/lang/veirs
08/03 AUSTIN, TX @ Long Center for the Performing Arts w/ case/lang/veirs
08/09 BAYFIELD, WI @ Big Top Chautauqua

The Party is out 5/20 on Anti- worldwide and Arts & Crafts in Canada. Pre-order it here.