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'Say' is the second single taken from C Duncan's debut LP.

'Say' sits neatly alongside the previously revealed track 'For'. It drifts and bobs with the same gentleness of spirit and deceptively broad arrangement, the same full-heartedness and labour-of-love home studio production. But it is foremost its own piece, informed by electronic music like The Knife and Fever Ray and by modern composers Arvo Part and Henryk Gorecki. These influences - named especially by Christopher - are heard subtly, in timbre or compositional device or arrangement. As with 'For' and Christopher's other work, the multiple threads of inspirations (barbershop quartet, choral music, dream-pop and so on) are woven artfully, uniquely. It is written about "being consumed by the bustle of city life," Christopher says, "wanting to run away from it."

Christopher is the son of two classical musicians, but he was drawn so persuasively to indie and alternative music and playing in school bands as a teen that he added guitar, bass guitar and drums to his existing repertoire of viola and piano, studying all five instruments at the same time. The influences of these two distinct schools is clear in 'Say'.

Christopher wrote and recorded his album alone in his Glasgow flat on a bedroom studio setup, gradually adding each layer and each instrument one at a time, building up the breadth of the pieces. Though time-consuming, the process allowed for Christopher to lovingly assemble the intricacies and subtleties for this astonishingly intricate and subtle collection of music.

Christopher is the son of two classical musicians, but he was drawn so persuasively to indie and alternative music and playing in school bands as a teen that he added guitar, bass guitar and drums to his existing repertoire of viola and piano, studying all five instruments at the same time. The influences of these two distinct schools is clear in 'Say'.

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released February 16, 2015

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