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The Georgia Straight - - NEWS - by Mike Usinger

OLD MAN CANYON

A GRAND FA­CADE

When Old Man Canyon sat down with the Straight for 2016’s de­li­ciously trippy Delir­ium, he was more than happy to dis­cuss the won­ders of drugs and how they af­fect the cre­ative process. In ad­di­tion to la­belling him­self a ded­i­cated cannabis con­nois­seur, the artist known to his mom as Jett Pace also copped to be­ing more than a ca­sual fan of psychedelics.

Such in­for­ma­tion in­evitably colours the way one’s work is viewed, so keep in mind that Old Man Canyon might have sworn off ev­ery­thing but caf­feine and re­fined sugar be­fore start­ing work on A Grand Fa­cade. But god­damn if the al­bum doesn’t sound like the work of some­one who sprin­kles acid tabs on his corn­flakes while spin­ning ev­ery­thing ever recorded by the Three O’clock, Tame Im­pala, and the Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre.

A Grand Fa­cade kicks off with “Good While It Lasted”, where fifth-di­men­sion vo­cals, flanged gui­tars, and wa­tery waves of synths give you an idea what your dad’s C-90 cas­settes sounded like be­ing eaten by a Teac A-510 tape deck. From the pil­lowy “Let You Down” to the space-drift odd­ity “Run Away”, it’s un­re­lent­ingly lovely stuff, as great for watch­ing the clouds roll by on the beaches of Ibiza as it is set­tling in for happy hour at the Korova Milk Bar, a Moloko Plus only guar­an­teed to heighten the ex­pe­ri­ence.

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