Duncan Parsons/Abandoned Buildings
 

Albums

Abandoned Buildings
2012

18 tracks, 71 minutes
RDACD001
Abandoned Buildings Front Cover

Taking in Rock, Pop, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Electro, Minimalist and Classical stylings, Abandoned Buildings presents a song cycle with an emotional arc telling of grace against a backdrop of falling in love and failing in love.

This is modern progressive music, with guest appearances by John Hackett and Raul D'Oliveira (Mike Oldfield, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Wham!), culminating in a 130-voice choir and world music drum ensemble.

Available as a CD and digital download,
and in animated form on DVD
 
C:Ore
2014

11 tracks, 74 minutes
RDACD002
C:Ore Front Cover

Perhaps best described (if a little pretentiously!) as a collection of songs to and from the core of one's being.

An album of progressive music, with guest appearances by John Hackett, Daughters of Davis, Steve Hackett, Gary Boyle, Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak, Camel), and Mike Reid, plus a couple of returning helping hands from Abandoned Buildings.

Following the innovation of probably the first recorded triangle duet on Abandoned Buildings, C:Ore continues with possibly the first occurrence of a stylophone and mandolin duet, a piano string reverb, and the album finishing with the last sung note held for 34 seconds..

Available as a CD and digital download
 
Music for Stairlifts
(Volume 1)

2014

7 tracks, 29 minutes
RDACD003

Limited-edition hand-crafted artisan CD release
Music For Stairlift Vol 1 promo artwork

A short album of electro-acoustic ambient music.

Music For Stairlifts was a sort of accident.. in as much as it wasn't expected - it came after an off-hand comment to a friend, and having an idea. Three days later, there was a short album.

The brief was simple - make 'ambienty' music using only a nylon strung guitar, a 12/6 double neck electro-acoustic guitar, a 6-string fretless bass, Rhodes piano, and two voices. Each piece started with an idea on an instrument, which was jostled about to make a skeleton arrangement. All the other parts were then improvised to make a piece, which was finally named depending on the atmosphere it seemed to evoke. Probably.

The hope was to capture an 'almost live,' spontaneous feel to the performances - as much as one bloke playing everything ever could..

The pieces are presented in the order they were written. There was a temptation to do a couple more pieces to make a more expansive 'statement' (oh, so artistic, dahling!), but it felt that the seven pieces taken together made a pleasing journey without additional material. So this is labeled 'Music for Stairlifts - Volume One' - more material may, err.. materialise at a later date.

Handwritten gatefold CD wallet made from recycled cardboard, with additional printed artwork and sticker set
available here,
and as a digital download
 
Music for Stairlifts
(Volume 2):
(Adapting Silent Films) For The Radio

2016

10 tracks, 45 minutes
RDACD004

Limited-edition hand-crafted artisan CD release
Music For Stairlift Vol 2 promo artwork

Another album of electro-acoustic ambient music.

Music For Stairlifts (Volume 2): (Adapting Silent Films) For The Radio carries on where (Volume 1) left off, perhaps with a slight lightness in its step, perhaps with a little less mystery.

Perhaps not.

This volume includes ten pieces drawing the improvisational spirit and instrumentation of the Stairlifts world.

CD digipack decorated with custom film decals, and miniposter insert
available here,
and as a digital download

Reviews
Abandoned Buildings
"The album can only be appreciated through immersion. The levels of lyrical acuity and textured arrangement yield more and more with each listen.
Spring Cleaning speaks about facing up to the dark material of our lives perhaps for the first time, in order to move on. Lavender Rose is a slick
Steely Dan groove, If I Knock On Your Door a high-style smiler. Sometimes I Talk to Ghosts has a Pink Floyd edge, rich with incoming and outflowing lines and features. Answerphone is a deceptively simple stomp on the theme of communication - ‘has it all been a big mistake?’ Glass Fortress is a dark, swirling journey into the heart of one once-loved, ending with the heartfelt, unbearable ‘I tried but I couldn’t get in’ which threatens to build to breaking point. Footnote in Your Heart is the most fragile, delicate love letter you’re ever likely to hear." - Review on last.fm

"Parsons writes catchy ditties and clever lyrics, he also possesses the ability to make restrained ideas have more impact than first impressions would have you believe." - Sea Of Tranquillity

"..mixes a dry wit with a wonderfully observant line in lyrics, this is an album that will both delight and provoke thought in equal measures." - The Waiting Room

Samples

Some excerpts from Abandoned Buildings are available on Duncan's SoundCloud account.

To accompany "Abandoned Buildings," a collection of animations have been made for 10 of the album's 18 tracks.
These are available on the DVD "The Abandoned Buildings Cinema Show," and can be ordered from the shop.

Extracts are being exhibited on YouTube.


Samples for C:Ore.

Note – These were from ongoing mixes, rather than finalised masters, and as such are a collection of representative snapshots.


Samples for Music for Stairlifts (Volume 1).


Samples for Music for Stairlifts (Volume 2): (Adapting Silent Films) For The Radio.