New Let’s Eat Grandma Single + Video ‘Happy New Year’ is About the Value of Friendship
Clearly there are certain pressures associated with launching a music career at the tender ages of just 16 and 17 – but that is indeed how old Norwich, England based Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth were when they released their 2016 debut album I, Gemini under the gloriously cheeky moniker Let’s Eat Grandma. Their follow up, 2018’s I’m All Ears, cracked the UK Top 40, and surely the pressures mounted.
After a three-plus year hiatus, they returned in September of 2021 with ‘Hall of Mirrors,’ which was the first teaser to the coming of their long-awaited third album Two Ribbons, arriving this April 8 via Transgressive. But yet another advance single, the pithily titled ‘Happy New Year’ (released today), tries to offer some visceral insight into the pair’s creative and personal relationships, and the difficulties that both faced in the wake of their significant success. Indeed, lyrically, it’s rife with dewy-eyed nostalgia and unflinching honesty.
“Do you remember how we spent our days at the end of my garden?
Summertime, rope swings
Say the things that no one knew about us
Well, there’s no onе else who gets mе quite like you”
“I wrote it after a breakdown between us that lasted for a long period of time,” Walton explains, “to communicate to her how important she is to me and how our bond and care for each other goes much deeper than this difficult time. I used the setting of the New Year as both an opportunity for reflection, looking back nostalgically through childhood memories that we shared, and to represent the beginning of a fresh chapter for us.”
Musically, the track is characterized by strikingly lush synths and grandiose sonic gestures, perhaps to represent the majesty of true and lasting friendship? As for the accompanying video, we’re actually not quite sure why they’re playing tennis, but the big squishy hug they give one another at the end of the match, followed by a sky full of fireworks, can really only be interpreted in the most literal sense.
“I’d been struggling to come to terms with the fact that our relationship had changed,” admits Walton, “but as the song and time progresses I come to accept that it couldn’t stay the way it was when we were kids forever, and I start to view it as a positive thing – because now we have been able to grow into our own individual selves.”
Obviously, we wish Rosa, Jenny and Let’s Eat Grandma all the best.