Discovering a new band: Let’s Eat Grandma REVIEW
Mary Kate Belli – Copy Editor
With summer coming up, many bands and artists are trying to get out their newest singles, albums and EP’s hoping to release this summer’s signature song. One group coming from Britain just released a new album this past Friday. The pop indie group is known as Let’s Eat Grandma.
The band was formed in 2013 by Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth. They are known for their eclectic inspiration, with one song called “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” on a previous album being inspired by graffiti in their hometown of Norwich, a city in Norfolk.
Their debut album was titled “I, Gemini” and mainly featured songs written by the two when they were younger. The album came out in 2016, three years after they formed a band. Their second album was titled “I’m All Ears” and was released in 2018 and received critical acclaim.
This new album is their third, and it is called “Two Ribbons,” with a song of the same title on the album and released as a single. The album has a mixture of synthpop 80s style music as well as sappy acoustic guitar. It truly expresses the individuality of this group, and how their music is different from what is seen on the mainstream these days.
I personally loved the song “Levitation,” which fits into the synthpop side of this album. Despite peppy-sounding instrumentals, the song has quite depressing lyrics, such as “I fall apart, I’m good at picking up pieces off the bathroom floor.” Accompanied by beautiful echoey vocals, this song is a delight to listen to when going for a drive or if you just want to dance in your room despite some melancholy lyrics.
The namesake of the album, “Two Ribbons,” is a slow acoustic guitar ballad lasting almost six minutes, making it a long song, especially in the pop world where songs average three minutes at most. It is full of feeling, with soft vocals. It again features heartbreaking lyrics, such as “We both held on so tight that we’re bruising up.” A song of love and loss, it is a tear-jerker or an in-my-feels kind of song.
A more cheerful acoustic song is “Strange Conversations,” which reminds me of my childhood. It sounds Americana and reminds me of John Denver’s “The Eagle and the Hawk” in its forlorn vibe and soulful vocals. I grew up on old American music, so this acoustic style of music reminds me of childhood and is comforting.
All in all, this album in my opinion is a beautiful work, and is for sure worth a listen. I recommend it to any indie music fans or synthpop fans. It can satisfy both, which I haven’t seen in an album before. It is a unique and intriguing listen for any music fan.