Norwich duo Let’s Eat Grandma announce details of their second album
PUBLISHED: 16:39 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 21 March 2018
Teenage multi-instrumentalists Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, whose critically acclaimed debut that saw them tour America and play Later...With Jools Holland, release I’m All Ears in June, preceded by new track Falling Into Me.
At just 17-years-old, Norwich duo Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, who perform as Let’s Eat Grandma, made quite a splash when they released their debut album, I, Gemini.
It garnered critical acclaim, led prestigious slots at various festivals, touring across Eorope and the US and to top it all performing on Later...With Jools Holland. Amazingly they became the first Norwich act ever to do so.
Now the teenage vocalists, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters have announced details of their second album, I’m All Ears, which will be released on June 29.
The 12 track album, mixing furious pop, unapologetic grandeur and intimate ballads, boasts production from David Wrench, who has worked with everyone from The xx to Frank Ocean and Caribou, SOPHIE, famed for her own material and work with Madonna, Charli XCX and Vince Staples, and Faris Badwan from The Horrors.
The track titles are Whitewater, Hot Pink, It’s Not Just Me, Falling Into Me, Snakes & Ladders, Missed Call (1), I Will Be Waiting, The Cat’s Pyjamas, Cool & Collected, Ava and Donnie Darko.
The album has been preceded by a new video for first single, Hot Pink, a track “about the misconceptions of femininity and masculinity and the power of embracing both of them”, and the release of another new track, the romantic Falling Into Me.
Jenny said: “It’s about communication. Some of the lyrics reference being in control as a woman in a romantic relationship, and being the one to initiate. So you’re the person who tells them that you like them, you’re taking the initiative. It’s the importance of if you feel something, tell them. Because you don’t know what’s going to happen in life, you might as well just do it.”
Rosa adds: “It’s about getting to know someone and getting over your fears about feeling insecure. It’s about telling people how you feel.”
The pair became friends way back in reception class at Recreation Road Infant School and have been inseparable ever since. They attended Norwich Access to Music and in 2014 were among the nascent acts given a slot on the Access To Music Stage at Latitude.
A few months later, they opened the Norwich Sound & Vision Festival and blew away many of those there. They subsequently signed to independent label, Transgressive. Their debut album, I Gemini won a fanfare of approval followed, with The Guardian and the NME among the cheerleaders.
Fans were drawn to the strange beauty of their music, a unique cocktail of experimental sludge pop, bubblegum-psych rock, it was a marriage of magnificence and makeshift, with synths, saxophones, clapping games and recorders.
I’m All Ears offers a portrait of Rosa and Jenny’s lives over the past two years, as they have grown as musicians, but also as young women, finding their way through new territories, navigating friendships, romantic relationships, mental health and the ever-restless presence of technology.
It draws on their love of PC music, Frank Ocean, the record collections of their parents, ringtones, train journeys and vintage synths.
The pair were keen to move beyond what they regard as the lyrical ‘crypticness’ of their debut, towards something more transparent, and at times vulnerable. “I think it’s a much more honest record. It’s very open,” says Jenny. “It is a lot about youth and young people and the experiences we have.”
Throughout these songs there is recurrent imagery of trains and automobiles, of movement, shifting seasons and the sense of their lives expanding.
Much of the intimacy in these 12 songs comes from Jenny and Rosa’s strong bonds with each other and with their friends and cohorts. Other tracks adopt a broader perspective, looking at the draw of consumerism, the pervading influence of advertising, the pull of jealousy and power.
The album artwork was created by the artist and illustrator Yanjun Cheng, who paints human emotions and humanity through portraits, from a female perspective.
• I’m All Ears in out on June 29 on Transgressive Records details at letseatgrandma.co.uk