For their second full-length release, Norwich-based experimental duo Let’s Eat Grandma have packed everything possible into eleven songs. Full of twists and turns, ‘I’m All Ears’ is for those who revel in the unexpected and lap up the bizarre.
The duo – childhood friends Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton – had some expert help to create this record. SOPHIE and David Wrench (who recently worked with Madonna and Frank Ocean respectively), and Faris Badwan (of The Horrors fame) have all assisted in the production of the album. The eclectic mix of inputs really shines through, giving it a purely genuine stamp.
Inviting you into this strange offering is ‘Whitewater’. It is an instrumental track letting you believe that you’re in a parallel universe somewhere between The BFG and Labyrinth. Most openers are punchy, whereas this is a gentle breeze. It’s the following track ‘Hot Pink’ that really grabs you by the throat. There are curious lyrics and vocals that sound like a combination of St. Trinians and Lorde, all meshed together with colliding synth-pop layers and diverse experimentation.
Continuing the vast trial-and-error approach comes ‘Snakes and Ladders’, which introduces us to the girls’ take on rap. The standout element is those fantastic lyrics that get progressively crazier before reaching their peak with the closing verse. A wild song with countless layers that really captures the duo’s creative insight.
It’s at this point that the record shows just how far Let’s Eat Grandma are willing to push the boundaries. Have you ever wondered what fairground music sounds like with a purring cat over the top? ‘The Cat’s Pyjamas’ is for you. There genuinely isn’t anything else to it, but it’s definitely the most memorable track of the record.
The ingenious musicality comes to a head as the record begins to close. ‘Cool & Collected’ is a 9-minute beast of independent growth and desire to impress a crush. Mirroring many a teenager’s personal thoughts evidently comes naturally to the pair given that they are both only 19 years old. Injecting that spark found in every song is the refrain vocals, which mimic the gothic echoing found in ‘Stay With Me’ by Shakespeare’s Sister.
This album isn’t for everyone. If you’re searching for a gently relaxing album to settle down of an evening to, maybe you should stick to more tamer productions. However, if you’re up for being shocked, thrilled and maybe a little confused, Let’s Eat Grandma have got just what you need.