AOTY 2019

The Midnight Sun

C Duncan - The Midnight Sun
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #67 / 763
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2016 Ratings: #136
October 14, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
FatCat / Label
Indie Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

The Midnight Sun is a heavily stylized return that does not fall for crude, archaic sounds to create its spectral atmosphere, but rather relies on timeless rules of composition; much like its predecessor, it is sure to be met with acclaim.

80
The Skinny

Elegant and focused, the album was written, recorded and produced in the same bedroom as his first LP - with the same supersonic attention to detail. It's only his ambitions that have changed.

80
musicOMH

Like its predecessor, every single element on The Midnight Sun appears to have been carefully and painstakingly thought out ... C Duncan has worked his magic once again – just sit back and soak it all in.

80
The Guardian

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.

80
DIY

Despite its curiously downbeat nature, it’s thoughtful and packed with intricacies waiting to be revealed. You’ll never want to leave once it sucks you into its gravitational orbit.

80
The 405

The Midnight Sun is more of an atmospheric experience, than an emotive one. That’s less of a problem than it would seem, because the atmosphere that C Duncan has crafted is mesmerising.

70
AllMusic

His spectral voice moves within billowing clouds of elliptical melody, many of which are painted using much brighter colors than their melancholic librettos would suggest, resulting in something that's very much like the anachronistic cult anthology television show that helped to inspire them.

70
PopMatters

The Midnight Sun is another accomplished effort coming from an artist whose expansive imagination belies his self-recorded productions.

65
Under The Radar

That's not to say there's anything slapdash about these 11 cuts—far from it—but there's an unavoidable sense that a little time may have helped to hone these tracks into something rather special.

DalekTurret32
100
A transition from the 60's psych rock-influenced Architect to a more ethereal, ambient sounding album. It feels very atmospheric with Duncan providing a unique, calming vocal style.
Also, some of the chords used in this album remind me of the ones Segun Akinola used in his score for Series 11 of Doctor Who.

Nothing More [99]
Like You Do [106]
Other Side [99]
Wanted to Want it Too [103]
Who Lost [97]
On Course [99]
Last to Leave [103]
Do I Hear? [102]
The Midnight Sun [105]
Jupiter ... read more
sourcherry24
90
Good stuff here.
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
wolfgangAMADEUS
NR
OVER RATED SHIT
Felindie
65
Fav Tracks: Other Side, Lost To Leave
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Year End Lists

#7/God Is In The TV
#36/Under the Radar

MISC LISTS

#52/Drift Records

Track List

  1. Nothing More
  2. Like You Do
  3. Other Side
  4. Wanted to Want It Too
  5. Who Lost
  6. On Course
  7. Last to Leave
  8. Do I Hear?
  9. The Midnight Sun
  10. Jupiter
  11. Window
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