C Duncan is dropping into play with his three friends.
We would put this is in the same bracket of excellence as Sufjan Stevens ‘Carrie & Lowell’ release this year. It’s that sublime!
“[An] astonishing debut… songs elevated to brilliance by multi-layered harmonies.” The Sunday Times
“Hauntingly pretty, intricately arranged… will blow you away with its awed atmosphere and reverential sense of rapture…Exquisite and unearthly.” The Guardian (band of the week)
“As delicately enthralling as they come… C Duncan has crafted a debut release that’s entirely enchanting” The Line of Best Fit
“C Duncan takes the heartstring-tugging abilities of his label mates (FatCat) and wields them in harmony-laden, acoustic fashion” NME.
Born in Glasgow 1989, he’s the son of two classical musicians. Surrounded by music throughout his childhood, he initially took up piano and viola. His teens led him to school bands – learning to play guitar, bass and drums – but these did little to quell his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. He eventually enrolled in Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where his pieces were performed by various ensembles across the UK.
To hear C Duncan’s music now is to grasp those two common threads between his interests in classical and modern music. The pieces that make up his debut LP are formed from lush choral harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, textured like contemporary dreampop and all recorded at home in Glasgow on his bedroom studio setup.
The results of this methodical and isolationist recording process give us enchanting and mesmerising LP – Utter joy!