New Music of the Day – CXXXI : Other Side – C Duncan

14947465_1142851835784247_773139414565291068_nDelving into more expansive and experimental territories, Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his already critically claimed second album ’The Midnight Sun’ back in October. The follow up to his Mercury Prize nominated debut ‘Architect’ blends electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation.

New single ‘Other Side’ shows a different side to Duncan, employing a catchy melody, steady beat and frequent bass drops to create an ambient dance mood and 80’s inspired sound. “Perhaps the most poppy track on the album, this song is lyrically reminiscent of the first album. It is about leaving troubles and woes behind and escaping to somewhere far away. By this point I had toured many different countries and wanted to experience life outside of Glasgow.” Video director Helen Plumb had this to say on the video:

“Other Side is about taking yourself elsewhere to escape your troubles. I wanted the video to reflect that in a metaphorical rather than physical sense. Rondi Park, a Brighton based artist, often uses costume to embody an idea. I wanted her character in the video to experience escapism from the mundane reality she is familiar with by transforming herself into weird and wonderful entities.”

With a bigger new live show in tow, C Duncan has blossomed into a fully accomplished live artist. Having fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, his live show has come on hugely. Now joined by a three-piece band, they provide the perfect backdrop for his hushed vocals and help execute the plentiful harmonies with mesmerising precision.

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About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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