Architect

by C Duncan on FatCat Records

Released 17/07/2015

To celebrate the release of the Mercury nominated album, we have created an expanded edition of 'Architect' which includes five exclusive bonus tracks.

The bonus tracks include: "For" (Autumn Rebuild advanced digital single), "Mountains" (unreleased), "Castle Walls" (RSD Version) and "This Guy's In Love With You" (Burt Bacharach Cover) from the BBC Radio Scotland Live Sessions.

"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)”

"Breezy and intricately arranged...a nimble piece of work that cascades around you like a mirage in a hot desert" Stereogum

“C Duncan takes the heartstring-tugging abilities of his label mates and wields them in harmony-laden, acoustic fashion” NME

Architect is the debut LP from Glasgow’s considerable new talent C Duncan, whose previous singles (all present on Architect) enjoyed high praise across press and radio. Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens, Vic Galloway, Ricky Ross, Clive Anderson on Loose Ends, Radcliffe and Maconie, Steve Lamacq are all firm supporters, and The Guardian, NME, Stereogum, Les Inrockuptibles (among plenty of others) have featured Christopher’s music. The singles were playlisted on BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio and European radio networks. Belle & Sebastian have invited Christopher to open at their Somerset House headliner shortly before Architect’s release, and The Blue Nile the same for a special performance at the Edinburgh Festival.

Architect showcases a huge breadth in Christopher’s songwriting abilities. Lead singles ‘Say’ and ‘For’ are characterised by their gentleness and warmth, while ‘Garden’ (released as a single with the album) is bright, sunny, irrepressible. On the other side, ‘By’ and ‘Novices’ draw more overtly from Christopher’s interest in electronic music and modern composition. He references The Knife and Arvo Pärt as willingly as Burt Bacharach and The Carpenters. Add to that shades of Talk Talk, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Ink Spots and the classical and choral compositions of Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré, and a picture of the record collection that informs Christopher’s music starts to become clear.

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. As a composer, he is classically trained, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - another influence clearly visible in his songwriting, in its fully-formed textures and meticulously crafted arrangements.

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. As a composer, he is classically trained, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - another influence clearly visible in his songwriting, in its fully-formed textures and meticulously crafted arrangements.

The cover art for Architect, a detailed and stylised aerial view of a Glasgow side street, was created by Christopher himself. A skilled and accomplished artist, his work has been exhibited at galleries around Scotland.

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Tracklist

  1. Say
  2. Architect
  3. Silence And Air
  4. For
  5. He Belives In Miracles
  6. Garden
  7. Here To There
  8. By
  9. New Water
  10. Novices
  11. As Sleeping Stones
  12. I'll Be Gone By Winter
  13. For (Autumn Rebuild) (DIGITAL ONLY)
  14. Mountains (DIGITAL ONLY)
  15. I Know That I'm In Love (DIGITAL ONLY)
  16. This Guys In Love With You [BBC Session] (DIGITAL ONLY)
  17. Castle Walls (RSD Version) (DIGITAL ONLY)

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