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C Duncan: Artist To Watch

C Duncan (photo by Warrick Beyers, courtesy of Fat Cat, PR)

C Duncan (photo by Warrick Beyers, courtesy of Fat Cat, PR)

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In the spirit of music discovery which guides WFUV, our DJs offer their favorite new artists on the cusp of making it to the next level.

A 26-year-old classically trained Glaswegian composer, Chris Duncan recorded his astonishingly pretty debut album, Architect, in his bedroom. Cinematic dream pop brimming with complex, cascading arrangements and Duncan's own reedy, sweet vocals, Architect's bewitching beauty earned it a 2015 Mercury Prize nomination. Although released in the UK last July, Architect is finally available Stateside this winter.

Duncan's latest single "For (Autumn Rebuild)"—a reworking of his very first single, "For"—is a perfect mirror of the album itself: like cartwheeling through drifts of golden leaves on a hazy October afternoon.

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