Vancouver’s Old Man Canyon returns with the sun-dappled electronic dream pop of their sophomore album, A Grand Facade. Since their formation in 2012, the band led by multi-instrumentalist mastermind Jett Pace have embarked on a series of tours across North America, sharing stages with artists such as Foster The People, Boy & Bear, and a sold out tour with Australia’s Paper Kites. These opportunities have arisen in part from the prominent placement of Old Man Canyon songs in TV shows such as Shameless, Suits, and Sons of Anarchy, tying their emotionally resonant music to poignant moments of onscreen drama.
Expanding upon the electronic sound of Old Man Canyon’s 2016 album, Delirium, which was produced with superstar producer Mike Butler (Death Cab For Cutie, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones), every facet of their latest release was recorded by Pace in his basement home studio. A Grand Facade was completed during a trip to the dazzling desert environs of California for a series of jam sessions with members of Wake Owl providing its final flourishes.
On these seven songs, Old Man Canyon’s soft-focus psychedelic pop is infused with lingering melancholy and boogie funk grooves bubbling up below its surface. From the rippling hooks of first single “Good While It Lasted” to the romantic swoon of “Let You Down” and heartstring tugging tempo shifts of “Run Away,” Pace’s buoyant vocals float inside an oasis of shimmering synths, melting in your mind like an ice cream cone on the dash of a spacecraft.
A Grand Facade may sound like a breezy trip through matters of the heart, yet Pace gazes inwards and outwards simultaneously while questioning what truly lies beneath. “Young Again” reveals the upheaval hidden inside the shiny promises of a modern day marketplace of ideas, before “Run Away” finds him battling with a fight or flight response. “No Time To Waste” treads this escape into nature from the chaos of the big city, while “Good While It Lasted” goes one step further, waving farewell to outgrown identities with the liberation of letting go from what holds you back. In the end, “For The Taking” closes the album on another challenging note, asking why we believe there are always blue skies beyond every disaster. Before sailing away, we need to put out the fires that we’ve started close to home. \u2028
“This album could be described as a satirical commentary on the state of the world,” says Pace. “Sometimes it feels like everyone is on vacation in their mind, sipping on a mai tai while the world burns behind them. We all turn a blind eye to the nature of things happening around us so I’m trying to bring attention to our mindset and our inclination to run away from problems and to see we have the ability to change it. The boat needs to get rocked a bit for people to wake up.”