We're at the end, sings C Duncan, playfully, as his new album opens. Don't be fooled, endings are the spur for new beginnings on the fourth album from the classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. After the haunting raptures of Architect (2015), the Twilight Zone-inspired reveries of The Midnight Sun (2016) and the richly melodic Health (2019), Alluvium is a sublime palate-refresher, brimming with revitalised fluency: a warming dispatch from the daylight zone, if you like. With personal stories as fertile soil for it's multi-stranded growths, Alluvium navigates it's many tones and styles with lightness and grace. As Duncan explains: "With Alluvium I wanted to make a positive record with lots of different musical ideas and lyrics that could move from serious to playful to over-the-top romantic in a fluid way.