Lauran Hibberd In Session – 2021 – Past Daily Soundbooth – Music In The Time Of COVID
Lauran Hibberd – In session for John Kennedy – Radio X – August 6, 2021 – Radio-X, London –
Another session done in isolation – this one broadcast a few days ago with Lauren Hibberd, new face on the horizon whose breakthrough tour was cancelled owing to COVID – putting her in lockdown like everybody else, but arming her with a suitcase full of new songs and plans to get her debut album underway this coming November, planning on being recorded in Los Angeles.
Lauran Hibberd goes under the heading of Slacker-Pop, and at the ripe-old age of 24 has a considerable amount of buzz being attached to her, starting in 2018 with her first single spotted by BBC Radio 1 in August and landing her a spot on the Introducing Stage at Glastonbury 2019. Plans were formulated for an appearance at the 2020 SXSW and a series of tours around the UK and Europe. But as luck and a pandemic would have it. . . .
Her early work was influenced by indie-folk artists such as Laura Marling, Feist and Lucy Rose, but when she started recording with producers Boe Weaver, she was encouraged to listen to the music of Weezer and “fell in love with the way stories are conveyed, like conversations”. From then on, her music began to move in a more indie-pop direction. In an Instagram Live broadcast on 22 March 2020, Hibberd disowned her earlier work, jokingly comparing a reference to her Favorite Shade of Blue EP to the practice of deadnaming.
Needless to say, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders have all thrown their support behind the young musician, Lauran’s witty, off-kilter approach continues to attract glowing praise from the online community (The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, The 405) and welcome comparisons to contemporaries including Courtney Barnett and Phoebe Bridgers.
Have a listen to this recent session and keep en eye out for her. Maybe (if time and whatever is going on with the state of the Pandemic dictates permit), she might possibly do a gig or two in Los Angeles – just to give the West Coast a sample.
Maybe – hint, hint.
In the meantime, crank it up.
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