When you enter into the musical world of Glaswegian composer C Duncan be sure to expect a dreamy ride. With twists and turns, highs and lows, the music of this young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes you on a rich and diverse journey, the cool, grey origins of his home town the beginning and the weightless world of dreamy escapism the destination.
His vocal harmonies are a key element to his sound and have developed from years of choir singing, whilst eclectic influences drawn into his mix include The Knife, Arvo Pärt, Burt Bacharach, Abba and The Carpenters.
A whole year in the making debut LP ‘Architects’ is testament to its name with complex structures woven together by delicate layering, demonstrating perfectly Christopher’s songwriting abilities. This was an album which was recorded and intricately fused together from Duncan’s very own home studio, with the album’s artwork designed by the young composer also.
In this year alone and ever since I first covered C Duncan back in January, it’s great to see how far he has come, with growing recognition heightened by ‘Architects’ nomination for the Mercury prize this year. There have been hints of a new electronic direction for his next album which should make 2016 another exciting year for C Duncan.