Daily Distraction: Slip away with Andy Shauf

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Andy Shauf

Working on The Neon Skyline, released earlier this year, Andy Shauf wrote and discarded dozens of songs.

"I know I’m going to go through 20 or 30 terrible ideas before I get to something I really like," Shauf told Alive in February. "And I don’t know if it’s so much confidence that another song is coming as it is persistence. If you’re trying to write a song every day, chances are you’re going to get stuck ... but I’m always hopeful when it comes to writing that things are going to get better.”

Shauf recently released one of those discarded tunes, "You Slipped Away," a subtle charmer that fits his latest mood-wise (think late night at a dark, uncrowded bar).

“‘You Slipped Away’ was an early demo duringThe Neon Skyline sessions, but as the album storyline evolved, this song lost its place in the narrative,” Shauf said in a press release. “I’d forgotten about it until fairly recently, and realized it sort of worked on its own.” 

Give it a listen below.