Let's Eat Grandma: 2018
Let's Eat Grandma in Studio A (photo by Jake Lee, WFUV)
Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth of Let's Eat Grandma were barely 17 years old when they released their debut album, I, Gemini, in 2016. It was a beguiling, eerie, and wonderfully eccentric first venture that sounded unlike anything else released that year.
But on their second album, 2018's I’m All Ears, the childhood friends from Norwich have taken an assertive leap in another direction, choosing an ambitious, synth-driven pop template that intuitively and artfully addresses their own anxiety as teenagers in a chaotic world.
Despite Let’s Eat Grandma’s shift in sound, Walton and Hollingworth still remain true to their idiosyncratic instincts. They relish the unexpected in their songs; on I’m All Ears the duo collaborated with other artists and producers who do the same, like the L.A. based Scottish producer and songwriter Sophie, the Horrors’ frontman Faris Badwan, and producer David Wrench, who has also worked with Frank Ocean and FKA Twigs. As a nice bonus, Let's Eat Grandma won "Best Album of the Year" for I'm All Ears at the Q Awards on October 17.
As I discovered, the two longtime friends have a pretty sharp sense of humor too — and a very clear eye to their future, their music, and the unique path of Let's Eat Grandma.
[Recorded: 9/12/18; Engineer: Jim O'Hara; Producer: Sarah Wardrop]