Single Review: Let’s Eat Grandma – Deep Six Textbook

By on Thursday, 11th February 2016 at 12:00 pm

From the outset, an act’s name like Let’s Eat Grandma sounds awfully aggro, doesn’t it? So you might be quite surprised that the duo are actually a pair of teenagers from Norwich. Multi-instrumentalists Rosa Walton, aged 16, and Jenny Hollingworth, aged 17, have been best friends since the age of 4. Given the fact that they look like they could easily pass as twins, you have to wonder how long they have been making music together. It must have been long before Let’s Eat Grandma was even a thing. Based on their tender age, I was mighty sceptical upon hearing the buzz about the girls ahead of the first night of Norwich Sound and Vision in their hometown last October.

The scepticism continued when I saw their garb onstage at Norwich Arts Centre: yellow-green sparkly tops, baggy trousers and bared midriffs. Based on this, and perhaps if I’d not heard anything about them prior to that moment, I’d have expecting something along the lines of Lorde or Charli XCX to come out of the speakers, but I was in for a refreshing surprise. Now on famed indie label Transgressive Records, ‘Deep Six Textbook’ is Let’s Eat Grandma’s first offering since being signed. Instead of going in a far too predictable pop direction for youngsters their age, they’ve decided to do something totally different, which is what I’m guessing their act’s name is supposed to suggest: forget what’s expected, and get ready to be wowed by the unexpected.

The debut Let’s Eat Grandma single is exactly along those lines. There is an unending feeling of atmospheric desolation: unemotional programmed beats with equally unemotional chords emanate from a synthesiser. The girls’ voices, both innocent and unearthly, are then introduced alongside the slowly lumbering melody. I can’t think of anyone else doing music right now like this, described on the press release as “[crossing] the worlds of experimental pop and progressive weirdness”. They’re like a plodding, non-rhythmic, ghostly version of the xx, but with loads of hand-clapping games. Which can’t be a bad thing, right?


Let’s Eat Grandma’s debut single for Transgressive Records, ‘Deep Six Textbook’, is available for digital download now. A special coloured vinyl 7” release follows on the 18th of March.


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