LET’S EAT GRANDMA — I’M ALL EARS

Rating: 3.8/5
Release date: June 29, 2018

Let’s Eat Grandma — potentially an even better band name than Peyote Ugly — is a distinctive British mix of Gwen Stefani and Lorde, with a little HAIM mixed in. The two childhood friends, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, came out with their debut album, I, Gemini, in 2016, and the follow up, I’m All Ears, hit Spotifys near you earlier today.

I’m All Ears is an album that really goes for it: some tracks are fully instrumental; others are more straight-forward contemporary tunes; and yet others are anywhere from five to 11 minute sagas. But, it’s not too far reaching. The whole endeavor feels very honest and true to what Hollingworth and Walton wanted to create, so it’s easy to dive into.

Both women have a way of singing thats just ever-so-slightly off, in the best way. I’m All Ears is an album of dissonance, and the women’s voices always seem to sound both like they’re on the wrong pitch and perfectly in tune with every note. It’s like they’re singing in such a mystical universe that regular human ears can’t seem to quite place the sound.

I’m All Ears really does feel like wading into a pool: the album starts with a short(ish) instrumental track, “Whitewater,” and works its way into “Hot Pink,” one of the less experimental tracks. The dissonance of the vocals are jarring, but the instrumentation and alluring nature of the voice is enough to keep you listening, albeit with a tentative ear.

By the time you get to “Snakes & Ladders,” the fifth track that reaches nearly six minutes in length, you’re hooked. Even if I’m All Ears isn’t your jam, the inherent artistry is enough to peak anyone’s curiosity and to finish the album.

The last track, “Donnie Darko,” is an 11-minute, 19-second foray into the jungle that is music. There are at least 10 songs packed into “Donnie Darko,” and, just like the movie, the song truly tells the story. It’s hard to tell where the journey of the track stops and ends, and, if you’ve never seen Donnie Darko, just go do it. The song ends with about 10 seconds of a high strings synth-pad that’s reminiscent of the buzzing sound your ears make after you go to a concert and don’t wear earplugs. It’s satisfying; it’s the end.

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