NEW TRACK: Common Grackle are two guys from Canada, songwriter and illustrator Gregory Pepper and Saskatoon music producer Factor. “The Great Depression” is anything but. It’s more often funny. Common Grackle’s new record, may remind you, however slightly, of Why? or Beck, with its overlapping harmonies, dark humor and blurring mix between indie sensibility and hip-hop rhythms and vocalizations. The album has a few grooves, with a lot of tongue-in-cheek lyrics, some of which take shots at indie hipsterism, and well, just about everything else. You may find it all funny and endearing or highly annoying, depending upon your tastes. “Magic Beans” is a countrified-rap odd-ball with deliciously strange lyricism: “My record label pays me with magic beans / Notorious F-A-T / Mustache ride / Rocket to Russia / Fuckin’ lushes get nothing done / And my family tree is done / We’ll have fun, fun, fun / ‘Til my daddy’s inheritance is gone / And after that it’s all skits, deers, and leg-sawin’ from here on in / I’m going off Niagara Falls in a fuckin’ barrel.” Yeah, it’s out there. But it might be for you. Below is their free single. — David D. Robbins Jr.

Common Grackle “Great Depression”

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