Henry Canyon, the self-proclaimed Brooklinite-French-Jew (Pop Canyon hails from Crooklyn, Moms from France) keeps it all in perspective on the jazzy video for “Easy Come, Easy Go.” This marks the latest single from the Matt “Bones” Bowen-produced LP, Cool Side of the Pillow, his first full-length on the Backwoodz label. Originally a jazz saxophonist, Canyons and Bones create jawns for Q-Tip by way of Django Reinhardt, simultaneously serious and silly with that certain je ne sais quoi that only the descendants of Louis can muster.
With a sing-song flow that reminds me of fellow LA-based spitter Open Mike Eagle, Canyon gives a stream of consciousness look into his world, pausing to give ample shout outs to ganja smoke and Gigi’s frijoles y platanos while describing the thought process behind the song and how he misses playing jazz, all before going out on the scatting rhyme tip. Canyons inhabits the screen as a talking head that works as a bouncing ball to reveal the lyrics over old cartoons, TV clips, B&W movies, and the occasional porno. If that’s not invitation enough to come check out the clip, then it may well be time for you to go.