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Entry Requirements: 18+
Since Glasgow's prodigious talent burst onto the scene with his highly acclaimed debut full-length, C Duncan has blossomed into a fully accomplished live artist. If the Mercury nominated ͚Architect͛ made the music world sit up, it's 2016 follow up pushed his trademark layered production even further. ’The Midnight Sun’ was inspired by the lurching intensity of The Twilight Zone but also shared the melancholy indie atmospherics of Cocteau Twins, Stereolab, Broadcast and Air. Blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with hushed vocals and dreamy instrumentation, it won huge praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Mojo, Uncut and The Quietus. Having fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, C Duncan͛s live show has come along leaps and bounds. Now flanked by a four-piece band, they provide a fitting backdrop of spacey ambient sounds, with Duncan’s vocals taking on an elegiac, choral quality over soft arpeggiated synthesisers. The Times call it a 'masterclass in polished, even-tempered, impeccably manicured folktronica.’
Glasgow’s C Duncan, born 1989, is the son of two classical musicians. Surrounded by music throughout his childhood, Christopher initially took up piano and viola. His teens led him to school bands – learning to play guitar, bass and drums – but 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 (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) to study music composition, 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 forthcoming 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, gradually built up one layer and one instrument at a time. The results of this methodical and isolationist recording process give us charming lo-fi folk with the harmonic width of choral composition, the sweetness of barbershop and the rough eloquence that has so readily soundtracked Glasgow over the past decades.
Christopher is also an accomplished painter, naming Grant Wood and Gerhard Richter as influences. His work has been exhibited throughout Scotland and he provides cover art for his own records, expressing the same musical ideas through painted image.