ALBUM REVIEW: C Duncan – Alluvium | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 06.05.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returning for his fourth album, Alluvium sees Glasgow’s classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter C Duncan push his sonic palatte even further than on his well-received previous releases. 

Full of explorative pop, Alluvium is an album grounded in lovely threefour-minute pop compositions, mostly in piano movements, but supported by operatic, show-tune, environments (a la Van Dyke Parks) whilst reaching for dream-like, synth, atmospheres (a la Empire of the Sun).   

An incredibly atmospheric album, its standout, Heaven, with its use of Heaven 17-styled subtle electronic atmospherics, and its deep meditations on life, becomes a microcosm of an album built by creating lovely pop moments and making wise choices about which vocal and electronic textures to use to fully develop each song.   

 

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