Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini
First things first: you have not and will not hear anything quite like I, Gemini this year.
Described as experimental sludge-pop, Norwich duo Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton have stumbled across a sound which is surreal, creepy and hugely compelling. Armed with a plethora of instruments – all played by themselves – ranging across guitars, synthesisers, recorders, keyboards, glockenspiels and saxophone, child-like vocals intertwine throughout and suck you into their eerie fairytale world.
‘Deep Six Textbook’ opens the album in suitably trippy fashion with a slow pounding drum beat and woozy organs. ‘Eat Shiitake Mushrooms’ shakes the listener out of their trance-like state with a catchy house beat and an out-of-nowhere rap verse, before the journey then leads into the captivating saxophone sounds of ‘Sax in the City’, teasingly introduced with the line: “Tell me something interesting.” Things take a hefty turn for the weird on ‘Rapunzel’, where gothic piano motifs introduce a story of childhood abuse and confinement, with the haunting refrain of “Rapunzel, let down your hair” sung in their trademark sickly-sweet vocals.
Eschewing genres, teasing comfort zones and enveloping their audience in their psychedelic Brothers Grimm-inspired tracks, the result is something hugely ballsy and innovative from a couple of teenagers who have produced one of the most intriguing pop records in a long time.