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October 18th, 2008

Flying Canyon

Flying Canyon is the project of the late, great, Cayce Lindner.  In 2006, Cayce Lindner (of Golden Hotel) recorded some of his songs in an oval, high-cielinged, wooden living room with Glenn Donaldson and Shayde Sartin following along from the next room on drums and bass.  Most of the songs were recorded live in just a few takes, with limited overdubs of vocal harmonies, organ, and a few other instruments.

In the songs, Cayce’s amazing voice stretches out as the center of slow, soaring, “California Doom Folk”.  Abstract imagery and stream-of-consciousness style lyrics gently ripple past, like slowly rolling clouds, touching on pain but ultimately transcending it in a warm, comforting glow.  It’s the type of album that reveals more with each listen. 

Glenn Donaldson, Cayce Lindner, Shayde Sartin

Glenn Donaldson, Cayce Lindner, Shayde Sartin

On Soft Abuse’s website, Glenn Donaldson has put together a wonderful history of Flying Canyon.  It attempts to chronicle a small part of Cayce’s story leading up to his death on February 6th, 2007. 

“His new songs were just so amazing. He played one over the phone to me late one night, & it made me cry. We managed to get two of them on 2″ tape a week & a half before he died at Jason Quever’s studio. We finished two epics, 17 minutes worth in total. There are some great live recordings too & unreleased tracks from the previous sessions. There are demos & cassette experiments too, & also some amazing Golden Hotel stuff somewhere.  [His brother,] Sid, talked of getting it all out there on his Broken Sparrow label, & I can’t wait.”

You can buy a copy of Flying Canyon’s CD here. It’s out of print, so the copies that are still floating around might not be around much longer.

[download] Down To Summer

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[download] Crossing By Your Star

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[download] The Bull Who Knew The Ring

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[download] This Can’t Be My Home

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