Last year Glaswegian C Duncan released his debut album, Architect which was a Norman favourite (#30 in the Albums of the Year list). On his new LP The Midnight Sun he has taken a more experimental approach with sweeping synths and electronics undercutting his layered harmonies and gorgeous instrumentation. LP and CD on Fat Cat.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 04 October 2016
C Duncan’s debut ‘Architect’ was 2015’s biggest surprise. A fantastic album of lush home made songs with lovely melodies and glorious harmonies. A record that pleased all my family and friends.
‘The Midnight Sun’ sounds like Mr Duncan was put on a deadline to make a follow up as quickly as possible and in order to save time he’s replaced the glorious guitar arpeggios of the previous record with big sweeping synths. Presumably this is because it’s easier and quicker to press a button down rather than getting a guitar part right.... Or he just wanted to use synths this time.
Though it doesn’t make for such a characterful and unique record, his voice is still choirboy sweet and the songs are still enjoyable with the odd sky scraping melody to keep you listening. ‘Like You Do’ is a slow burner for a lead track with an enveloping melody that hits at the place Washed Out meets Prefab Sprout meets Jean Michelle Jarre. I’m finding the new sound suffocates these tracks somewhat and even our Laurie noticed it when he described this record as ‘less breezy’. Like ‘Architect’ there are more decent moments per pound than you get with other records these days. There are insidious melodies that creep up on tracks like ‘Other Side’ and the excellent ‘Wanted Too Want It Too’ which on subsequent listens gives you that glorious feeling of recognition of a great song that may have been buzzing about in your head for awhile.
Therefore the songwriting is not an issue at all but the truth is I don’t like the production and that’s what is going to stop the record from coming home with me tonight. You may feel differently and I hope you do because there are some really nice songs here but it’s slathered in big Vangelis synths that just seem to over power the carefully prepared songs like an elephant treading on a doily.
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