The last time Glaswegian singer-songwriter C Duncan performed in the region he was toting his Mercury Prize-nominated album Architect, a shimmering hybrid of retro-pop and folk filled with blissful choral elements. This time around, when he arrives at Newcastle’s Cluny on Friday 27th January, he’ll be performing tracks from his critically acclaimed new release, The Midnight Sun; an entirely different beast from his debut.
Fans of Architect shouldn’t worry too much; Duncan has still retained his love of looping, hypnotic melodies and harmonies. But The Midnight Sun is named after, and has been inspired by, an episode of The Twilight Zone where the Earth is gradually falling into the sun. As such, everything feels much darker and is bathed in waves of icy synths and even a few trip hop beats, but is no less magical. It’s also (somehow) even more intricately constructed than Architect, reflected in the larger cast of musicians Duncan has assembled to help him recreate the new tracks live. The apocalypse has never sounded so good, so prepare to be sucked into his gravitational field.