C Duncan – Say


As the child of two classical musicians, C Duncan seems to have followed seamlessly in their suit with his debut record Architect. A classically trained composer himself, the Scottish multi-instrumentalist aka Christopher Duncan cites influences diverse as The Knife, Arvo Pärt, Burt Bacharach, The Carpenters and Gabriel Fauré.

Architect was released on FatCatRecords in late 2015, and now the video for album track “Say” has been unveiled. The song itself is a grand and lushly layered composition, and the video adds to its majesty with the visuals of a twirling, clothed Duncan slowly unraveling as he sheds his vestments against the backdrop of a gorgeous lake. Watch the exquisite effort below.

CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue


In case you’ve been living under a rock, CHVRCHES are getting ready to release their sophomore album, Every Open Eye — out next week (September 25) via Universal. They’ve shared a couple of tracks leading up to the drop, and this week they’ve unleashed what might be their best yet — a song called “Clearest Blue.” Propelled by an electronic beat with their classic synth-drenched sound, the anthemic track embodies everything that makes the Scottish trio so beloved. Watch the lyric video for “Clearest Blue” below.

On the heels of their album release, CHVRCHES will be headlining Washington DC’s inaugural Landmark Festival September 27. Meet us halfway?

And if that’s not enough for you — here’s a brill CHVRCHES cover of Arctic Monkeys‘ “Do I Wanna Know.”

Paolo Nutini – Better Man

The Scottish award-winning singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini released his third studio album via Atlantic this April. Critics have hailed his new effort, Caustic Love as a more sophisticated and substantive follow-up to its predecessors. In the interest of total transparency however, I will confess that the following video of Nutini singing new single “Better Man” backstage at Café de la Danse in Paris served as my introduction to the swoon-inducing Scot. Thus — all earlier efforts and preconceived notions aside — the raw, Jeff Buckley-worthy crooning and guitar-strumming stylings as showcased on the acoustic rendition below has rendered me a hopeless Paolo proselyte.



One listen to CHVRCHES shimmery new single and you’ll understand why the electropop number is currently seated at the apex of the indie stratosphere. Although I prefer their previous release, the Scottish trio is an undeniable pop force. Officially out July 25th in the UK, “Gun” is sure to be featured on their highly anticipated debut LP – set to release sometime in September.

Also check out their punchy pop remix of MS MR‘s “Hurricane.” See a list of the group’s upcoming tour dates below — including a sold out show at DC’s Black Cat! June is going to be a good month : )


CHVRCHES – Upcoming Tour Dates
6/1 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour
6/2 — Solana Beach, CA — Belly Up Tavern
6/5 — Austin, TX — The Mohawk
6/6 — Dallas, TX — Granada Theater
6/7 — Lawrence, KS — The Granada Theatre
6/8 — Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line Music Cafe
6/10 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
6/12 — Toronto, ON — The Hoxton
6/15 — Montreal, QC — Le National
6/16 — Boston, MA — Paradise
6/17 — New York, NY — Webster Hall
6/21 — Washington, DC — Black Cat
6/22 — Dover, DE — Firefly Music Festival
6/23 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer