C Duncan Health

Health

C Duncan

Released on March 29, 2019 by FatCat Records

Main artist: C Duncan

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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2016's Midnight Sun saw the Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Duncan, better known by the stage name C Duncan, expanding on the lush bedroom pop of his Mercury Prize-nominated debut with something a bit more grandiose. Working for the first time with an outside producer -- Elbow's Craig Potter -- as well as other engineers and musicians, Duncan continues to push forward on 2019's Health, pairing the spectral melodies and lush harmonies of past outings with club-ready beats and flourishes of snappy R&B. More sophisti-pop than indie pop, the 12-song set is Duncan's most diverse to date, with ABBA-leaning post-disco confections like "Holiday Home" and "Impossible" elbowing up against surreal, Lynch-ian slow jams ("Wrong Side of the Door") and incorporeal waltzes ("Care"). Duncan's voice is a marvel of control and expression throughout, able to clone itself in a plume of Enya-worthy layers or to simply soar off into the inky blue via a buoyant tenor. The cavernous reverb that dominated his early work has been tightened up, resulting in moments that are as punchy and bright as they are sumptuous -- the velvety title track and the late-album gem "Pulse & Rain" deliver both predilections in spades. The brooding, hymn-like closer, "Care," and the resplendent coming-out anthem "He Came from the Sun" hew closer to the sonic intimacy that was generated on 2015's Architect, but even they feel larger than life, signaling not so much a stylistic shift for Duncan, but a maturation of his ability to build worlds out of sound, and in his overall confidence as well. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:43:38

  1. 1 Talk Talk Talk

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  2. 2 Wrong Side of the Door

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  3. 3 Impossible

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  4. 4 He Came from the Sun

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  5. 5 Holiday Home

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  6. 6 Health

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  7. 7 Somebody Else's Home

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  8. 8 Blasé

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  9. 9 Reverie

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  10. 10 Pulses & Rain

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  11. 11 Stuck Here with You

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  12. 12 Care

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  • 2016's Midnight Sun saw the Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Duncan, better known by the stage name C Duncan, expanding on the lush bedroom pop of his Mercury Prize-nominated debut with something a bit more grandiose. Working for the first time with an outside producer -- Elbow's Craig Potter -- as well as other engineers and musicians, Duncan continues to push forward on 2019's Health, pairing the spectral melodies and lush harmonies of past outings with club-ready beats and flourishes of snappy R&B. More sophisti-pop than indie pop, the 12-song set is Duncan's most diverse to date, with ABBA-leaning post-disco confections like "Holiday Home" and "Impossible" elbowing up against surreal, Lynch-ian slow jams ("Wrong Side of the Door") and incorporeal waltzes ("Care"). Duncan's voice is a marvel of control and expression throughout, able to clone itself in a plume of Enya-worthy layers or to simply soar off into the inky blue via a buoyant tenor. The cavernous reverb that dominated his early work has been tightened up, resulting in moments that are as punchy and bright as they are sumptuous -- the velvety title track and the late-album gem "Pulse & Rain" deliver both predilections in spades. The brooding, hymn-like closer, "Care," and the resplendent coming-out anthem "He Came from the Sun" hew closer to the sonic intimacy that was generated on 2015's Architect, but even they feel larger than life, signaling not so much a stylistic shift for Duncan, but a maturation of his ability to build worlds out of sound, and in his overall confidence as well. ~ James Christopher Monger

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