Due to a distinct lack of albums in the last week that tickled my fancy, this week’s review is a bit more of a preview, or as like to call it, an “I’m way too excited about this album not to talk about it” post.
Let’s Eat Grandma are Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton, two teenagers from Norwich. And they are weird in the most wonderful sense of the word.
The name for their debut album I, Gemini is inspired by Castor and Pollux, the twins in greek mythology and quite accurately represents Jenny and Rosa’s musical connection.
The album starts out with Deep Six Textbook, a deep, almost threatening track that delves into pop vocal melodies effortlessly and beautifully. Eat Shiitake Mushrooms, with its gentle music box intro and menacing guitars, is another pop song gone astray. The two play with ambient sounds, glockenspiels, recorders and any other instrument you can think of while Walton has one shockingly good rap part in the second half of the song.
Rapunzel stays with the innocent and dark theme, telling the story of a girl named Rapunzel whose mistaken for the one in fairytales her mother read her. It is led by a piano theme that sounds like a fairytale before it, again, makes way for atonal and disconcerting melodies and raw vocals singing “my cat is dead, my father hit me, I ran away, I’m really hungry”, filling the song with so much desperation that it feels driven by artistic madness.
Let’s Eat Grandma tells a story in a raw, emotional way and I’ve never heard anything like it. The album is out on 17 June 2016 via Transgressive Records.
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Listen to the three available songs now on Apple Music, Spotify