New Release & Video: C Duncan – Alluvium / Heaven

Photo Credit: MJ Cargill

C Duncan has announced his new album Alluvium, released 6th May via Bella Union. To celebrate the announcement Duncan has shared his new single “Heaven”, an irresistible pop song sprinkled with retro-synth stardust which comes accompanied by a charming lyric video featuring his distinctive animation.

Commenting on the track Duncan says: “Heaven is an upbeat and optimistic song about moving on to greener pastures. It’s about turning corners, looking to the future and embracing what lies ahead.”

“We’re at the end,” sings C Duncan, playfully, as his new album opens. Don’t be fooled: endings are the spur for new beginnings on the fourth album from the classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. After the haunting raptures of Architect (2015), the Twilight Zone-inspired reveries of The Midnight Sun (2016) and the richly melodic Health (2019), Alluvium is a palate-refresher for Duncan (C for Christopher), brimming with revitalised fluency.

With personal stories as fertile soil for its multi-stranded growths, Alluvium navigates its many tones and styles with lightness and grace. As Duncan explains: “With Alluvium I wanted to make a positive record with lots of different musical ideas and lyrics that could move from serious to playful to over-the-top romantic in a fluid way.”

Behind the scenes, changes steered the record. A move to a home near the water in Helensburgh a couple of years ago proved instrumental. Here, Duncan worked on the album in his home studio, writing, recording and producing himself (he did the artwork, too). “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.”

May UK live dates:

Wednesday 11th May – Edinburgh – The Caves
Thursday 12th May – Manchester – Night and Day
Friday 13th May – Liverpool – Leaf
Saturday 14th May – Glasgow – King Tuts
Thursday 19th May – London – Powerhaus

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