Tuesday 31st January 2017
Stevie Parker + Yumi and The Weather + Dog In The Snow (DJ)
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £10 + booking fee / £12
Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated debut album ‘Architect’ in July 2015, wrapping up an extremely successful first year with a headline tour and stunning sell-out performance at Union Chapel. Follow up ‘The Midnight Sun’ sees the bedroom producer return with a more expansive and experimental second offering, blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation.
The singer and multi-instrumentalist cites the American sci-fi thriller television show The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Serling, as the conceptual starting point. Inspired by the strange stories, the often brooding atmosphere and stylised aesthetic, C Duncan looked to the show to build a strong atmosphere and create something almost like an anthology series-styled album, where all the tracks tie together stylistically without being one big conceptual record.
Like ‘Architect,’ ‘The Midnight Sun’ was recorded and produced entirely by C Duncan in his Glasgow flat, using his bedroom studio set-up and gradually adding each layer and each instrument one at a time. Though time-consuming, the process allowed him to lovingly assemble an intricate and subtle collection of songs that have gone on to receive huge support from the likes of 6Music and The Guardian, gaining a thoughtful and dedicated fan base along the way. The album’s artwork, a painting of a dimly lit staircase, is also a piece by C Duncan, who also happens to be a skilled painter. A man of many talents!
“If anything, this album is better than his first, as he settles confidently on his recognisable but versatile sound.” – The Quietus ****
“There is also an innocence to these songs, a spirituality that, in a year of bold musical statements and political upheaval, provides a soothing tonic; an escapist episode of spectacular beauty.” – The Guardian ****
Support comes from:
Somerset-based ambient electro songstress.
Yumi And The Weather
Yumi And The Weather is the wavy seaside guitar-electronica & rhythmically led pop of Ruby Taylor, a veteran of Brighton’s alternative music scene.
She has put out 2 EPs on XVI Records, coupled with remixes from Ambassadeurs, Manni Dee, Vondlepark & Kiwi, which gained support from blogs and online magazines such as Clash Music, Stamp The Wax and Hunger TV, Vice’s Noisey, and premiers on Line of Best Fit and XLR8R. Radio support and plays from BBC6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Don Letts and Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Introducing Sussex’s Melita Dennett, BBC Introducing on Radio 1, and U.S’s East Village Radio and KEXP.
Yumi is soon set to release a couple of singles in early 2017, whilst working on her live show featuring local musicians, and finishing another EP in the build up to her debut album.
DJ set from:
Dog In The Snow experiments with existential-driven lyrics and layers of off-kilter sounds to create a peripatetic musical landscape.
Check out her spotify taster playlist here.