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FatCat Records

Released: 17.7.15

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For cynics, Chris Duncan might just be another Bright Eyes wannabe on the surface. If there’s anything his debut LP Architect proves, it’s that he’s anything but another imitator. From the swooning synths of opener Say to the choral flourishes of Silence And Air, Duncan sets himself out as a thoroughly ambitious musician, inspired both by modern pop and his background in classical music. The buoyancy of He Believes In Miracles and For are beautifully balanced by the brooding, almost grungy New Water and the heart-breaking melancholia of As Sleeping Stones. The minimalist, bittersweet closing lullaby I’ll Be Gone By Winter avoids being twee with its curiously dark lyrics. Contender for debut of the year? Definitely.

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