Two Ribbons by Let's Eat Grandma Album Review by Greg Walker for Northern Transmissions

Transgressive Records

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Lets Eat Grandma

Two Ribbons

At times, it’s Lorde, at times, it’s Montreal’s Stars, at times it is Coldplay’s cringeworthy single, “A Sky Made of Stars.” In their latest EDM-influenced album, Lets Eat Grandma (the comma is missing on purpose) hit all the high marks of a band that has a lot to live up to, and channel some of the best music out there while sounding completely unique. They manage to use almost-cheesy soaring arrangements to muster up a surprisingly refreshing and earnest album of songs about relationships, with friends and lovers, that have seen their breaking point and maintained the magic in the face of death and destruction, or just growing apart.

Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth have been friends since they were four years old and started making music together when they were thirteen. The first song on the album, “Happy New Year,” is an ode to their friendship after what felt like a “break up.” “And nothing that was broken / Can touch how much I care for you.” “It’s okay / To say what you want to say / And that we’ve grown in different ways.” It’s a triumphant jam, that starts the album off with a dancey, emotional vibe, and leads the way for a ten song album about heartbreak and hope.

Like Lorde’s break out music, the synthesizers are on full display on much of the album, and so are the ingenious melodies and lyrics. And I think this, too, will be some people’s favorite alterno-pop album for some time. The concept of the album is most fully realized on the final and title track, “Two Ribbons”: “These places, they stay, but we’re changing / Like two ribbons, still woven, although we are fraying / Yeah, we both held on so tight that we’re bruising up,” they sing in crystalline vocals over a simple guitar progression. And the chorus goes, “Cause I haven’t thought for weeks of anyone but you / And I wanna find the answer, I just want to be your best friend / Just like it always was.”

This is an album to soundtrack the rocky roads that are best friendships, something that Rosa and Jenny are certainly authorities on. Other relationships make an appearance as well, like the electronic dance, queer anthem “Hall of Mirrors.” “And I thought of you / And there wasn’t a girl that had made me shy until I talked to you.” It’s a song that Rosa says processed both the secret and the proclamation of her love, and “Hall of Mirrors” is the perfect poetic capture of her feelings, about herself and her lover.

Other stand out tracks are “Insect Loop,” with its competing keyboards and guitars. As wells as “Levitation,” a poppy number that maintains an alternative rock feel, nonetheless, with its minor chord arrangements. The lyrics are honest and evocative throughout the album, painting the pain and euphoria of love in a challenging world. And the sound is expertly arranged, from start to finish, capturing the genius of two women, long in the game. I think it’s an album that will be well-received by their fans and definitely has replayability, as well as dance- and cry-ability. A solid album that could have gone wrong, for it’s more EDM elements, but, in their hands, certainly doesn’t.

Order Two Ribbons by Let’s Eat Grandma HERE