Available on LP or CD on FatCat records. This is the wondrous debut album from sun-dappled Glaswegian C Duncan. 'Architect' is a fantastic album just waiting be be played on your stereo through summer. Will appeal to fans of Django Django, Sufjan Stevens and last years pop master Stephen Steinbrink.
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Hurling its hat into the ring for the coveted feel good summer pop album of 2015 is this lovely drifty album from Glaswegian Chris Duncan also known as C. Duncan. The time he's saved in coming up with a decent band name has been used wisely in creating a gorgeous textured record.
The opening glut of songs are all fantastic. ‘Say’ sounds like a laid back Sufjan Stevens writing drifting pastoral pop music by the shade of a tree. The title track has an almost trip-hop type vibe with glacial keyboards and hushed evocative vocals, ‘Silence and Air’ is a sweet treat of interlocking acoustic guitar patterns and gossamer harmonies to rival anything on Grizzly Bear’s ‘Veckatimest’ opus, whilst ‘For’ is Moondog playing tropicalia. The hits just keep on coming. ‘He Believes in Miracles’ is a choir boy coagulation of The Zombies, High Llamas and Department of Eagles and is yet another high water mark on an album full of stellar moments.
As the album wears on the main influence on this music is increasingly Grizzly Bear - the same grandiose chamber pop feel is everywhere. Still he can do Broadcast influenced kraut (‘Here to There’) and there’s something of the lush acoustic beauty of Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ at play. The album doesn’t quite keep up the quality of the first few tracks -- it goes from exceptional to merely very good and the lesser moments are still as good as much I’ve heard this year.
In 2014 Stephen Steinbrink’s ‘Arranged Waves’ soundtracked my summer and I feel this record will do the same for this summer. The promo has been knocking around the office for a couple of months now and I always find my hand magnetically drawn to it. Wonderful stuff.
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