If the experience of listening to an album can be so visceral it can only mean that the act of making one would be doubly visceral. Enter Common Holly - a musician from Montreal whose most recent body of work, Playing House, is one of those albums that has you asking, 'how did someone dig so deep?' We hope and even demand it from our musicians, but to actually see how it’s done is a different thing entirely. Don’t let that fool you though; Playing House is a joyful record, one with flourishes of Brigitte Naggar’s wit and charm.

Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Nagger about retreating into creativity, touring, the story behind the title of Playing House, and why ‘The Rose’ is such a standout song. Check out their conversation below.

“He said something like, ‘I’d produce the shit out of that song’”

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