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Grant Duncan - Album Review: Contemplate

07 Aug 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser

Grant Duncan is a well-seasoned singer-songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand, who’s just released his new 12 song album, Contemplate.

The album is available on Duncan’s Bandcamp page as is the modern way of doing things. Contemplate joins his extensive back catalogue.

Two up tempo numbers, It All Just Falls Into Place and That Rush of Blood open the album, and right from the outset it is apparent that Grant Duncan is a well skilled composer of guitar-based pop. There’s bounce and swagger enough to have toes tapping, heads nodding and songwriters thinking, ‘well played that man’.

Track three, The One We Leave Behind, is moody number, still in-keeping with Duncan’s indie-pop sensibilities, just slower, a ballad if you like. It’s the first of a few slower numbers scattered across the charming pop landscape of this excellent album.

It Won’t Mean Much Until It's Gone opens beautifully with a piano shifting chords; it’s another ballad, and the addition of piano brings another colour palate to the album.

The Greater The Obstacle is also a great tune with a simple but good ‘whatever doesn’t kill you makes your stronger’ message. When Will I See You Again? isn’t a cover of a 50’s or 60’s classic - it's another great original song.

To be honest I haven’t heard much of Grant's back catalogue, but after hearing this album I intend to.

In addition to his solo output Grant has also been the front-man for Tokyo based indie combo Pavement Candy since 2005.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Grant Duncan

Grant Duncan is a singer-songwriter based in Tokyo, Japan. His NZ/UK origins have certainly influenced his musical direction as the classic grooves of UK pop rock including The Kinks, The Kooks, The Beatles and the Stone Roses are often apparent in his song-writing. Grant writes melodic indie pop-styled tracks and his lyrics are often energizing and thought-provoking.

Grant is also the frontman for Tokyo-based indie pop combo Pavement Candy which perform regularly around the Tokyo live arena and he was also previously the songwriter/bassist and vocalist for NZ rock band The Audio Justice who were finalists in the NZ 2013 Battle of the Bands competition.

Grant wrote and produced a full length album Alliance which was released on Spotify and Amazon on March 25 2018. His follow-up Early Morning Rise will be released on November 1 2018.

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Releases

Contemplate
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Radiant Sublime
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Journey To The High Road
Year: 2019
Type: EP
Early Morning Rise
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Momura Demo Tapes - Volume 2
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Alliance
Year: 2018
Type: Album
On Solid Ground
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Momura Demo Tapes - Volume 1
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Regulate
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Either Way, Anyway
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Acoustic Demos 2011-2013
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Blinding Journey
Year: 2013
Type: Album
2009-2012 Collection
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Voices of A Thousand Years
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Two Birds, One Stone
Year: 2011
Type: EP
Stories from Cyber
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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