C Duncan – ‘Architect’ Nominated for Mercury Prize!

We are very excited to announce that C Duncan has been nominated for Album of the Year for the Mercury Prize with his debut album ‘Architect‘ on FatCat Records!


Six months ago we had C Duncan and the boys come in to the Essential Music & Marketing office to introduce this exciting new act to the team here. Since then, his album has come out to rave reviews and BBC Radio 6 Music a-lists as well as having featured as their album of the day. He has played sold out shows across the UK with many more shows to come this Autumn and now the wonderful album ‘Architect’ has been nominated for the Mercury Prize!


Architect is the debut LP from Glasgow’s considerable new talent C Duncan, whose previous singles (all present on Architect) enjoyed high praise across press and radio. Sitting somewhere between dreampop and choral music, Christopher wrote and recorded the album alone in his Glasgow flat. As a composer and arranger, Christopher is classically trained, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Its influence is visible in his songwriting, in its fully-formed textures and meticulously crafted harmony lines.

[An] astonishing debut… songs elevated to brilliance by multi-layered harmonies.” The Sunday Times

Hauntingly pretty, intricately arranged…Will blow you away with its awed atmosphere and reverential sense of rapture…Exquisite and unearthly.” Guardian band of the week

C Duncan takes the heartstring-tugging abilities of his label mates and wields them in harmony-laden, acoustic fashionNME

As delicately enthralling as they come… C Duncan has crafted a debut release that’s entirely enchantingThe Line of Best Fit

Absorbing indie, folk and more.. there’s a soft poetry to the arrangement, a delicate use of space which suggests much more than is actually there.” Clash

Breezy and intricately arranged…a nimble piece of work that cascades around you like a mirage in a hot desertStereogum

Astoundingly petite, the kind of swaying prettiness that invokes indelible foresight from the first whistle to way, way beyond the last one has trailed off in to the distance.Gold Flake Paint

Find out more about the Mercury Prize 2015 shortlist here!

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