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Glasgow musician Chris Duncan makes Mercury Prize shortlist

Glasgow musician Chris Duncan makes Mercury Prize shortlist

A Glasgow musician has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize in the wake of his debut album.

Chris Duncan was announced as a nominee on Friday afternoon alongside Jamie xx, Ghostpoet and indie rock powerhouse Florence and the Machine.

Duncan's contemporary dreampop album Architect showcases a broad range of songwriting ability from the gentle lead track Say to Garden, a bright number also released as a single.

A composition graduate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the classically trained 26-year-old recorded his debut LP at his Anniesland home in his bedroom.

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"I just can't believe it, " said Duncan. "The album was relatively under the radar, I've had good response from it but I didn't instantly sell a lot of copies.

"Two of my favourite artists are also nominated - Roisin Murphy and and Aphex Twin - so it's overwhelming to be nominated alongside names I really respect."

Previous winners of the award include Arctic Monkeys and Elbow, with Scots act Young Fathers scooping the title in 2014.

The trio from Edinburgh have enjoyed a whirlwind year after the award win, with a recent European tour booked alongside trip hop legends Massive Attack.

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So it comes as no surprise the award would be a huge break for Duncan if he were selected.

"It would open up so many possibilities for tours, possibly outside Europe, but honestly I haven't thought that far ahead," said Duncan.

"I'm already working on my second album and am about to do some headline shows in Europe.

"I just need to thank everyone for their support. I'm really humbled by the support I've been getting particularly in Scotland and it has really encouraged me to keep going."

Duncan is about to embark on a tour of the UK with Lucy Rose after performing Lille Vega in Copenhagen.

The Mercury Prize awards ceremony will be held at Broadcasting House in London on Friday November 20 and will be hosted by radio DJ Lauren Laverne.

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