MERCURY PRIZE NOMINEE C DUNCAN RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘FOR’ (AUTUMN REBUILD)
Glasgow’s prodigious young talent returns with a new single following the release of his acclaimed ‘Architect’ LP
“Classically trained Duncan toys with time signatures and ramps up the original song’s sense of urgency, morphing For’s folk-pop sweetness into a Beach Boysesque swirl of cascading vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar runs.”
It has been a good few weeks for C Duncan. After being nominated for a much-coveted Mercury Music Award, he has embarked on a European tour with Lucy Rose, sold out The Courtyard in Hoxton and announced a further headline tour for February next year.
Support for C Duncan has crossed the board of major platforms. Lauren Laverne, Shaun Keaveny, Huw Stephens, Radcliffe and Maconie, Steve Lamacq are firm fans, and The Guardian, NME, The Sunday Times, The Line of Best Fit, The Quietus, DIY Magazine, Stereogum, Les Inrockuptibles (among plenty of others) have all featured Christopher’s music. Previous single ‘Garden’ earned a place on BBC 6Music’s A-list, and with his live band Christopher has performed sessions for Lauren Laverne, Vic Galloway, Ricky Ross, John Kennedy at XFM, Clive Anderson’s Loose Ends and several more. Belle & Sebastian invited Christopher to open at their Somerset House show on the album’s release date.
A graduate of music composition from Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire, this new arrangement of ‘For’ evidences Christopher’s considerable abilities not only as pop songwriter but also as a gifted academic musician. Effortlessly, the track is adapted from a winsome and pretty shanty into an irresistible choral collage of Beach Boys expanse, its rhythms shifted to accent a driving 4/4 and its ended lifted in glorious vocal harmonies. On the b-side, ‘Ici à Là’ unexpectedly takes on a Serge Gainsbourg quality, an entirely different personality from the original track.
Christopher is the son of two classical musicians, but was drawn so persuasively to indie and alternative music and playing in school bands as a teen that he added guitar, bass guitar and drums to his existing repertoire of viola and piano, studying all five instruments at the same time.
Christopher wrote and recorded his album alone in his Glasgow flat on a bedroom studio setup, gradually adding each layer and each instrument one at a time, building up the breadth of the pieces. Though time-consuming, the process allowed for Christopher to lovingly assemble the intricacies and subtleties for this astonishingly intricate and subtle collection of music.
The cover art for the new arrangement of ‘For’, a detailed and stylised aerial view of Glasgow, was created by Christopher himself. A skilled and accomplished artist, his work has been exhibited at galleries around Scotland.
Wednesday 18th – London, The Forum (with Lucy Rose)
Monday 23rd – Brussels, Belgium – Witloof Bar
Tuesday 24th – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
Wednesday 25th – Berlin, Germany – Gruener Salon
Friday 27th – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Saturday 28th – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli
Sunday 29th – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Songbird Festival
Tuesday 1st – London – Courtyard Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 3rd – Aberdeen, Scotland – Lemon Tree
Friday 4th – Edinburgh, Midlothian – Pleasance Theatre
Saturday 5th – Glasgow, Scotland – The Art School
Sunday 13th – Helensburgh, Scotland – Tower Digital Arts Centre
Tuesday 16th – Sheffield – The Harley
Wednesday 17th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 19th – London – Union Chapel