Suicide in Oakland’s Flying Canyon

While working on the review for Oakland’s Flying Canyon’s “In The Reflection,” I learned that lead singer Cayce Lindner had taken his own life this past Tuesday at age 39. Although details of his death are still to come, Lindner was a longtime contributor to the Oakland music/art scene (and also a filmmaker) who was involved in the bands Golden Hotel and Goodwill Tapes before joining forces with Glenn Donaldson, a founder of the Jewelled Antler Collective and longtime supporter of Lindner and his music.

Lindner and Donaldson started Flying Canyon with Shayde Sartin, who contributed bass and guitar to their self-titled debut album, released last fall on Soft Abuse. “In the Reflection” is the song Express readers should listen to as an introduction to Lindner’s work as a whole. The dark and wistful folk song reveals the poignancy of his lyrics. The line we take the long road home/and see the stars’ forgotten glow is juxtaposed against superb guitar work from multi-instrumentalist Sartin. The song begins with the kind of detuned, echoey drums that you’d be used to hearing on your old Lee Scratch Perry dub records, and not on the song of a folk artist who sounds like he’s wailing from inside an abandoned Oakland warehouse.

Hearing these heavy and slow funereal drums and Lindner’s plaintive howl, one can’t help but hear the sound of prescience in his voice — a marked tone of resignation. Check out the recent SF Weekly review of Flying Canyon’s new album, and this MP3 of “In the Reflection.” — Oscar Medina

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