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DUNCAN SPENCER

MUSICIAN & SONGWRITER

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“Duncan's mesmerizing baritone delivers each line with gut-wrenching sincerity, creating an unforgettable musical experience that reaches into the very core of the human experience.”

BIO

Raised by a music-obsessed father (and a patient mother) who transformed the family’s spare room with a 3,000-strong record collection, it is hardly a surprise that Duncan Spencer’s music is a melting pot of genres and influences. He sings of heartbreak and hope, of hardship and history and wraps it in the best of Indie, Folk and Rock. 

Although he cites Tom Waits and Nick Cave as key influences, Duncan Spencer’s literate songwriting is perfectly suited for modern times. Since making his official debut in 2019, he has been steadily gaining acclaim for his intricate storytelling and expertly crafted songs. 

Duncan Spencer has an uncanny ability to find beauty in life’s most difficult moments.  The characters in his songs are frequently haunted by their pasts, struggling to find redemption in an unforgiving world.  And yet, his songs remain strangely cathartic and hopeful. 

On his recent run of singles, Duncan Spencer has expertly toed the line between existential dread and pop accessibility. He refines this formula to an art form on the piano driven ‘Paradise.’

The single revolves around one haunting question - “Is this your paradise?” Delivered in Duncan’s now signature wounded baritone, it comes with a sense of resigned acceptance. In short, the answer seems to be “no.” Duncan writes with a keen sense of poetry, leaving space for the listener’s imagination while sharing just enough detail to paint a devastating picture. ‘Paradise’ is a heartfelt rumination sure to soundtrack many dark nights.

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Duncan Spencer’s music is often a conflict between optimism and realism, showcasing the innately human need for comfort and meaning while acknowledging the forces that keep those things out of reach.  On the aptly titled ‘The Weight of Everything,’ he ponders the way we collectively process these feelings.

 

“You speak of capitalist cataclysms and berate me as ‘Mr. laissez-faire,’ Duncan sings over his signature gloomy piano.  It captures the ways we’re made to feel bad about feeling good, and how forces beyond our control keep us in a constant loop of worry and fear.  It’s heavy subject matter, but Duncan’s elegantly understated performance and intricate string arrangement provide a strange sense of peace.  Like the best of Duncan’s music, it’s perfectly suited for unusual times.

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16/02/24

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