Gearing up for the release of his sophomore album The Midnight Sun this Friday, October 14, 2016, Mercury Prize nominee and Twilight Zone aficionado C DUNCAN has teamed up with PopMatters to premiere the new in-studio video for the track “Do I Hear.” Called “deliciously dreamy” by the music tome, they go on to say that the song has “a harmonic complexity and tonal richness that complements the gentle electronics and acoustic elements.” The live video can be seen here: http://www.popmatters.com/post/c-duncan-do-i-hear-video-premiere/
Framed with a thematic and atmospheric nod to the original The Twilight Zone, The Midnight Sun carries on the brooding, stylized aesthetic of the classic 1960s series. “I knew I wanted the album to have more of a theme/thread throughout it which Architect didn’t have,” he continues. “I wanted to capture the atmosphere and create something that is almost an anthology series styled album, in which all the tracks tie together stylistically without being one big conceptual record.”
His new album, The Midnight Sun carries on that dedication to quality and creativity. Press Play lauds, “An extremely prodigious talent, it’s about time the world took notice of C Duncan. The Midnight Sun might just be the LP to make the leap.” The 405 says it “sounds even more magnificent than before. That pulsing synth spine holding the whole thing together, it’s even more floaty and time stopping… I think this one is for real worth getting excited about.”
Conceptually sound and musically cohesive, The Midnight Sun sees the DIY producer return with a more expansive and experimental second offering, blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation. From the pastoral opening track “Of Nothing More” with C Duncan’s layered vocals leading the listener through a rhythmic pop beat, to the snare shuffle of “The Other Side” to the spacy vastness of “Jupiter,” The Midnight Sun is an expansive tapestry of textures and tones, expertly crafted around his unique and ear-turning songwriting. Like Architect, The Midnight Sun was recorded and produced entirely by C Duncan in his Glasgow flat, using his bedroom studio set-up and gradually adding each layer and each instrument one at a time.
Born and bred in Glasgow, C Duncan has been surrounded by music his whole life. With a childhood foundation in piano and viola and later discovering the more rock standards of guitar, bass and drums, he studied music composition at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he produced work that has been performed by various musical ensembles across the UK. Opting for the more contemporary rock lifestyle, he fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, his live show growing by leaps and bounds. Now joined by a three-piece band, they provide the perfect backdrop for his hushed vocals and help execute the plentiful harmonies with mesmerizing precision.
The Midnight Sun was performed, record and produced by C Duncan and will be released by FatCat Records on October 14, 2016.