Common Grackle, The Great Depression
The common grackle is an omnivorous bird, prone to thievery of all manner for sustenance: insects, minnows, berries, etc. Common Grackle, a collaboration between Guelph indie pop songwriter Gregory Pepper and Saskatoon psych hip-hop producer Factor, are similarly omnivorous. The songs on their debut ping around from genre to genre, with Pepper's flat, hushed voice rolling over Factor's skittish, po-mo production. "Thank God It's Monday" asserts some rap bona fides thanks to a dependably strange and quotable Kool Keith verse, but there are sad, shaded moments, too. "At The Grindcore Show" is probably not the title you were expecting for a plaintive piano ballad, but there it is, eating berries, mind its own business.