New Music Discovery : Great Grandpa - Digger

Another leveling song off the forthcoming 'Four of Arrows' LP

September 17, 2019

Great Grandpa / Double Double Whammy


Seattle's Great Grandpa, who you may or may not have heard on our weekly specialty show, Next Records, have a new LP out 10/25 and we now have our second taste of the record via the gut wrenching "Digger". Speaking on the song's origins, songwriter Pat Goodwin told Stereogum: 

"I used to have a dog who would get into this intense and almost manic trance when he would dig a hole in the yard. We called him Digger because he just became obsessed with these seemingly pointless pits. Something about his eyes in this state has lingered with and haunted me for years. It felt familiar, human even. Over the years Carrie and I began to liken it, even using the name, to describe ourselves when our mental health was spiraling or/and we were diving into the dangerous game of obsessive existential inquiry/patterns. Written in the wake of a fateful Wildwood Tarot reading following months of creative drought, this song is, like the spaces it explores, messy and without much resolution — simultaneously a meditation on the process of creation, determinism vs agency and an ode to Philip K Dick’s “The Transmigration of Timothy Archer”, mental illness, and those in our lives who dug too far. It’s safest to never go out in the darkness, but perhaps we’ll miss something in the dark."

I'd say more, but it's really better if you just use your ears.  Check out the track for yourself, below.