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This time out the discussion is hemp
and the way that it went from being an majorly important material for ropes and canvas to a demonised modern recreational drug. Musically it’s a subtle beast. Peña’s music can range from the anthemic to the intricate, the complex to the direct and An Elephant in the Room sees him in more contemplative mood. A sultry bass line and a simple beat leave the song open enough for the words to sink in. Gentle background washes build to more sweeping waves but by and large the music really is a simple and subtle delivery system for this fascinating subject. And when put together with the previous slices taken from the album Songs for the Fall of an Empire you realise that this is part of a very important record, one that promises to entertain and educate in equally measure.