James Duncan

James Duncan

About James Duncan from Auckland

*New album on the way - due out 7th March on Banished From The Universe - check out new single 'Mickey' below.*

Auckland born and bred, James Duncan is one of those musicians you have almost undoubtedly heard, but until now, may not have been fully aware of. A founding member and integral part of the SJD live band, James collaborated on, co-produced and co-wrote much of the last SJD album Dayglo Spectres - leaving his indelible imprint on an album that justifiably scored, almost unanimous, 5 star praise. As well as his massive long-term contribution to SJD, James has also been, and remains, the #1 guitarist of choice for Shayne Carter and Dimmer. With fellow Dimmer member Kelly Steven he has released the self-titled Punches EP, but until now his own solo works have resulted in just the one scorching EP, Mirror Minor, released by Round Trip Mars. Hailed by Gary Steel in Real Groove as one of ‘the
most concise and glorious wee packages of 2005’, and noted for its ‘wispy Air-like tendencies, electro nods and sonic depths’ by Scott Kara in the Herald, Mirror Minor was an unassuming monster of a debut. Even so, it could hardly have prepared an unsuspecting public for the majestic mightiness that is Hello-Fi.

From infectious warped pop genius, led by the singles ‘Cupboards Bare’ and ‘My New Flumes’, to spacebound shoeglaze on the hypnotic ‘…Of Everyone Around You’ and the Radioscope Alt Chart #1 ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’, Hello-Fi heralds the arrival of a major songwriting talent, who has his own individual style, complemented by years of collaboration with two of New Zealand’s best ever in Donelly and Carter. Fans of the more eclectic and introverted flavours of Mirror Minor will not be disappointed with cuts like ‘A Obvious’ (reworked from its initial appearance on Kingsland Vinyl Appreciation Society’s vinyl release ‘A Flip And Two Twisters’) and the sultry Tortoise-esque ‘Get Blanket’. Further treats are to be found on the bonus mp3 component of the disc (not available on iTunes or elsewhere), with a fistful of tracks that didn’t creatively fit into the grand svelte scheme of Hello-Fi proper, but were simply too compulsively gorgeous not to get a fully-fledged release.

Joined by the likes of Bachelorette, Dino Karlis (HDU), Kelly Steven, Chris O’Connor (SJD band), Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad), Julien Dyne and others, Hello-Fi is a star speckled occasion but still very much James’s unique vision. The album will be supported by live dates later in ’09, and a series of low budget/high fun, un-Government sanctioned online video clips with ‘My New Flumes’ already strange-ing out the YouTube’s, and a frighteningly brilliant piece for ‘A Obvious’ soon to air.  Wax fiends will find massive relief in a strictly limited, white label pressing of a 7” featuring the inspired indiebliss of ‘The Cupboard’s Bare/… Of Everyone Around You’, which will appear around the same time as the delightful disc fandangle.

With more toe tingling moments than a tickle up from an octopus, and infectious tunes so solid you could build a house on them, Hello-Fi has got it going on in spades.

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Round Trip Mars

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