Amy Duncan has today released her new single & video “You Know Me”, the second track to be lifted from the award-winning Scottish folk musician’s new album Cocoon, available November 26th 2021 (on Filly Records).
Cocoon is the follow-up to 2020’s The Hidden World, from which the single “The Whole Town” received radio play on BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show and BBC6 Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie.
For Cocoon, the classically trained Duncan – whose music features on the Netflix remake of Charmed – fully embraced electronics, switching from her usual acoustic instruments to synths, electric guitar and electric upright bass. The result is a spectral new sound with space for her high, hypnotic vocals to swim over minimal soundscapes and percussion, perfectly realised in the exquisite “You Know Me”
“You Know Me is about remembering the close friendships from the past which have been lost through the twists and turns of life,” comments Duncan of the track. “The nostalgia for those days and knowing I can never go back.”
“You Know Me” follows the album’s sublime lead single “A Door Is Opening”, a sparkling, sun-dappled song about leaving the house for daily lockdown walks. Sonically, it mimics the wonder of the world outside when the only alternative is four walls. Lockdown restrictions frame the aptly titled Cocoon, which captures contained life in slow motion, mixing memories of childhood with dreams of escape, days drifting by, the spectre of death and nights spent dancing at home with loved ones.
Cocoon was mixed and mastered by Cameron Malcolm, who produced Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile’s 2012 solo album Mid Air. Duncan’s previous three albums were produced by Cameron’s dad, Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout). Multi-instrumentalist Duncan plays keys, synths, electric guitar and electric upright bass, while her son Finn contributes acoustic guitar and her long-time friend and former bandmate Guy Nicolson adds percussion and tablas.
Fifteen years into her career, Cocoon marks a new start for Edinburgh-based Duncan. “I’m not sure why, but I’ve always kept myself quite hidden,” she admits. “Making music is easy for me, promoting it is the hard part. Ironically, 2020 was due to be the year that I put myself out there. I got a live agent for the first time and had a tour booked.
“The positives from it are that I got to make this album, the tour is re-booked for the spring and I’m no longer nervous about it. Having been stuck at home for so long, I can’t wait to get back on stage. I’m more ready for it than I’ve ever been.”
Amy Duncan Live;
21 November 2021 Edinburgh, The Voodoo Room
10 April 2022 Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
19 April 2022 London, The Green Note
21 April 2022 Bath, Chapel Arts Centre
23 April 2022 Corsham, Pound Arts Centre