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Old Dog New Tricks Who This

by Common Grackle

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Bad News 01:27
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Terry Fox 02:14
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Bud Dwyer 01:51
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I Got Scared 02:38
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Happy Camper 02:35

about

Common Grackle, the collaboration between hip-hop producer Factor Chandelier and singer-songwriter Gregory Pepper, return with their first album since 2012’s underground indie-rap favorite The Great Depression. Recorded remotely during lockdown in winter 2020, Old Dog New Tricks Who This is marked by signature down-tempo electronic beats, lo-fi tape manipulations, and lyrical themes that smudge the line between dejection and facetiousness.

The album is a 20-minute reflection on the death of being cool, with both members trading late nights for family life in recent years. Pepper is at his most vulnerable, musing on chronic mood disorders, alcoholism, and a gnawing nostalgia for childhood. Meanwhile, Factor’s production is punchy and dark as ever, a sonic resurrection after his studio was destroyed in a flood earlier in the year. Consciously unvarnished and raw, these ten tracks capture a distinct moment in time where ornate confessions are underscored by lush, orchestral arrangements and pummelling 808 drums.

The B-side of the 12” vinyl features previously unreleased material, a newly-recorded guest appearance by Ceschi and alternate demos, as well as updated masters from The Great Depression. These 10 bonus tracks are also included with all digital downloads.

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released June 4, 2021

All songs written and played by Gregory Pepper

Produced by Factor Chandelier

Woodwinds by Joseph Shabason

Strings by Emmett Glancie

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