C Duncan Debuts “The Wedding Song”

Having last month shared the track ‘Alluvium’, and ahead of a London live performance this weekend, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter C Duncan today shares more music from his much-anticipated next studio album due for release in 2022 via Bella Union. “The Wedding Song” is perhaps Duncan’s most romantic composition to date, an affecting and wistful Sufjan Stevens-ish hymnal which also features his musician parents on strings. The track comes with a similarly beautiful lyric video which features Duncan’s distinctive animation.

Commenting on the track Duncan says: “The Wedding Song is a love song. It’s about contentment and being grateful for what we have, and what we share with one another. Unity is greater than any grand gesture.”

C Duncan will be performing in London this weekend as one of the artists at Bella Union’s Winter Wonderland concert at the Union Chapel alongside label mates Deep Throat Choir and Laura Groves. Tickets are available HERE.

Born in Glasgow to two classical musicians, Duncan played in school bands before studying music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Swift attention followed when his debut album, Architect, banked a Mercury Music Prize nomination; its follow-up, The Midnight Sun, reached the shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year. A support slot on tour with Elbow then beckoned, after which Duncan recorded his third album, Health, at Elbow’s Salford studio with Craig Potter. Another entry on the shortlist for Scottish Album of the Year, Health came accompanied by duly effusive reviews. Throughout his career, Duncan has banked raves from The Guardian, MOJO, NME, Uncut and others, alongside much love from BBC Radio 6 Music. 

Besides support slots with Belle & Sebastian and Elbow, Duncan has gone on to fill ever-bigger venues in his own name, including London’s Union Chapel and Scala. 2020 brought another career development in the shape of a collaboration with Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde for the Lost Horizons project. Their track ‘Circle’ is one of In Quiet Moment’s many highlights.

Behind the scenes changes have influenced his new recordings with a move to a home near the water in Helensburgh a couple of years ago proving instrumental. Here, Duncan worked on the album in his home studio, writing, recording and producing himself. “It’s a very inspiring place to work,” he says, “and I wanted to return to recording from home as it gives me time and space to develop songs without any outside pressure. I feel very comfortable working alone.”  

Introducing… C Duncan

Currently putting the finishing touches to a new studio album, due for release next year via Bella Union, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter C Duncan today shares a first track titled “Alluvium” from the LP. The track is a beguiling harpsichord-led reverie and serves as an inviting first taste of this highly-anticipated LP.

Commenting on the track Duncan says: “Alluvium is all about change, from the tiniest things to the largest. And it’s about surrendering to this, accepting these changes and moving forward.”

C Duncan will be performing in London next month as one of the artists at Bella Union’s Winter Wonderland concert at the Union Chapel alongside labelmates Deep Throat Choir and Laura Groves. Tickets available HERE.

Born in Glasgow to two classical musicians, Duncan played in school bands before studying music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Swift attention followed when his debut album, Architect, banked a Mercury Music Prize nomination; its follow-up, The Midnight Sun, reached the shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year. A support slot on tour with Elbow then beckoned, after which Duncan recorded his third album, Health, at Elbow’s Salford studio with Craig Potter. Another entry on the shortlist for Scottish Album of the Year, Health came accompanied by duly effusive reviews. Throughout his career, Duncan has banked raves from The Guardian, MOJO, NME, Uncut and others, alongside much love from BBC Radio 6 Music.

Besides support slots with Belle & Sebastian and Elbow, Duncan has gone on to fill ever-bigger venues in his own name, including London’s Union Chapel and Scala. 2020 brought another career development in the shape of a collaboration with Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde for the Lost Horizons project. Their track ‘Circle’ is one of In Quiet Moment’s many highlights.

Behind the scenes changes have influenced his new recordings with a move to a home near the water in Helensburgh a couple of years ago proving instrumental. Here, Duncan worked on the album in his home studio, writing, recording and producing himself. “It’s a very inspiring place to work,” he says, “and I wanted to return to recording from home as it gives me time and space to develop songs without any outside pressure. I feel very comfortable working alone.”

Introducing… C Duncan

Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of Scottish composer C Duncan and announce his guest appearance at Lost Horizons’ one-off London Scala show on 19th October. To mark the announcement Lost Horizons have shared a video for “Circle”, the track from their acclaimed In Quiet Moments album on which C Duncan guests. 

Commenting on the track C Duncan says:  “Circle explores themes of repetition and tiny changes. Going round and round in circles for days and days whilst the world very gradually changes around you, finding comfort in not remaining static and yet not going too fast. This is reflected in the video, which is built up of videos I had taken on my phone, traveling through countryside. Nothing moves too fast or changes too quickly, yet by the end of the video you have moved through the landscape of the west coast of America to the west coast of Scotland, nothing seemingly too contrasting or out of place, yet totally different.”

Born and raised in Glasgow by two classical musicians, C Duncan studied piano and viola before taking up guitar, bass, and drums in his teens, eventually studying music composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His Mercury-nominated debut ‘Architect’ was released in 2015 and after a spell of touring the UK and Europe he returned to his home studio and began work on his Twilight Zone inspired second album ‘The Midnight Sun’ which was released in 2016 and shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year. He supported Elbow on their UK and North American tour which led him to record his third album ‘Health’ at their studio in Salford with Craig Potter, which was released in 2019 and also shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year. Now back in his “new and improved” home studio, Chris has worked on new songs and soundtracks, as well as classical compositions. He is also a keen artist, and paints all his own album artwork.

Commenting on signing C Duncan Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde says: “Since hearing Chris’s debut album Architect in 2015 I have been dying to work with him. We had exchanged quite a few messages over the last few years, and after getting the train up to Glasgow to meet him over a year ago now, I knew it could become a reality. He’s unbelievably talented that’s obvious from his previous work but being involved with him initially via working on this song “Circle” for Lost Horizons and more recently as he works away on his first album for Bella Union, I have been almost speechless at what he’s capable of. Proud that we created this song together and SO thrilled he’s going to come down from Scotland to sing it with us at the Scala this October.”

Tuesday 19th October 2021 – London – Scala