The Grouch & Eligh (G&E) are preparing a triple album, The Tortoise and The Crow. The project is broken into three parts: a G&E joint effort 333, a solo album from The Grouch titled Lighthouses and a solo disc from Eligh titled Nomads.
“[It’s] not just any old triple album,” The Grouch & Eligh said in a statement. “We’re making history with this. One full-length solo Grouch disc, one full-length Eligh disc, and one full-length G&E disc. For all of our supporters and fans, you get all three dimensions in one shot. We’re on track to release this project in February 2014.”
The triple album is being released with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.
“This Kickstarter campaign is about formally recognizing and involving you, our most loyal supporters, into our careers and our lives,” the duo said in a statement. “As you can see in the reward tiers…we’re not just selling music. We’re offering pieces of ourselves. Besides the music, we’re most excited about really opening up our journey to our best fans.”
Rewards for donations vary depending on the amount that is donated. A pledge of $9,999 or more, for example, is rewarded with a private G&E show at the donor’s home, business or preferred location anywhere within the United States, among other prizes.
Other pledges are rewarded with a variety of rewards, including a a sticker pack; album downloads; an album and T-shirt bundle; a limited edition signed box set; a listening session invite; framed handwritten lyrics; a Maui, Hawaii sightseeing tour with The Grouch; verses from The Grouch and Eligh; and a studio session with G&E. Additional details on the rewards can be found at the duo’s Kickstarter page.
G&E’s 333 is set to feature Blu, Kreayshawn, Slightly Stoopid and Pigeon John, a longtime friend and G&E collaborator who appears on the group’s single, “Run.”
The Grouch’s Lighthouses is set to include appearances from Zumbi, Bicasso and Tre Nyce, who all rhyme as guests on the disc’s “We Want The World.”
Eligh’s Nomads is scheduled to feature Adam Theiss, Brevi and The Grouch.
The Tortoise and The Crow is slated to include production from Pretty Lights, Mad Guy, Ant of Atmosphere and Zion I’s Amp Live.
The Grouch and Eligh have been independently releasing music since the 1990s, dating back to solo projects and group efforts as members of Living Legends.
“From four-track recordings and dubbed cassettes, all night sessions at Kinko’s and slanging tapes by hand on the streets of Oakland and [Los Angeles] until we had enough money for bus fare and a slice, we’ve come a long way. Still, all we know is DIY [do-it-yourself] and we aren’t ashamed to say it. Ironically, with the music industry scrambling and desperate for any kind of sales, we could easily sign a record deal for our next album but that’s never been our style.”
In an interview published November 11, The Grouch spoke with HipHopDX about the G&E’s next project.
“Eligh and I have a huge project we’re getting ready to drop on the world,” Grouch said in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX. “Can’t say much about it yet except this song ‘Run’ is one of the many, many sounds represented on it.”
The Tortoise and The Crow’s cover art and tracklisting can be found below.
G&E – 333
“Ashes to Ashes”
“Run” f. Pigeon John
“Hella Fresh” f. Kreayshawn
“All These Lights”
“Fireflies” f. Steve Knight
“ANX” f. PROF
“Say Eligh! Say Grouch!”
- “Akfam” f. Blu
“People Of The Sun” f. Slightly Stoopid
The Grouch – Lighthouses
“Stuff is Tuff”
“We Want The World” f. Zumbi, Bicasso, and Tre Nyce
“Nice To Know Ya”
“My Best Teacher”
“When The Love’s Gone”
Eligh – Nomads
“Paid The Price” f. Adam Theiss
“Journey” f. Codany Holiday
“My God Song”
“All On You” f. Natalia
“Dark Tinted” f. Brevi
“Attracted to Pain”
“Morning After” f. Adam Theiss
“Walk the Walk” f. The Grouch
“A Different Way” f. Ellay Khule
The Grouch & Eligh have released two singles off this project. The videos for “All The Lights” and “Run” can be viewed below.