Set for release via FatCat Records on March 29, 2019, C DUNCAN’s highly anticipated third album HEALTH sees the Scottish multi-instrumentalist ditch his bedroom studio and work with other producers, engineers and musicians for the first time. Warm and harmonically rich, Duncan delightfully juxtaposes the vibrant and wholesome aesthetic of the album with an often-darker lyrical undertone, pushing himself to refine and explore new ways of writing. As the sole protagonist of his self-carved niche, Health sees Duncan evolve and expand its parameters in mesmerizing fashion.
The album’s first single “Impossible” was released last month, its rhythmic art-funk created using strings and oddball psychedelic sounds. Next up, the album’s title-track documents the end of a previous relationship, its syncopated piano rhythm and brooding vocal harmonies reminiscent of his previous album The Midnight Suns’ soothing aural beauty.
Duncan had this to say on it:
“The track is about the end of a previous relationship. It was intense but I couldn’t hold onto it, and we started to drift apart. This had a huge impact on both our mental health and the only way to remedy this was to go our separate ways. It was an extremely painful breakup as up until then we shared everything, but one that was necessary to get us both back on track.”
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Following the Mercury Prize-nominated debut Architect (2015) and its impressive follow-up The Midnight Sun (2016), Health’s soaring tapestries achieve what Duncan set out to do. “With album #3, I wanted to take a more direct approach, adding even more layers but thematically and lyrically laid bare. Having someone else to bounce production ideas off was really eye-opening for me. In the past I had been very controlling about how everything would sound but Health really showed me the benefit of working with others and made the whole process much less isolating,” he explains.
Packed with fresh ideas and buzzing with invention, Health combines syncopated art-pop piano rhythms with breezy, undulating heartbreak ballads executed with acute precision. As always Duncan has contributed all the artwork surrounding the release, and the colorful and natural aesthetic is reflected in the instrumentation and lyrics.
Health was produced by elbow’s Craig Potter and will be release on March 29, 2019 via FatCat Records.
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