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JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS + LAURAN HIBBERD
Back in 2016, Irish singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton — a.k.a. Jealous of the Birds— was one of NPR Music’s favourite SXSW discoveries. Her song “Goji Berry Sunset” demonstrated a remarkable gift for converting spare and common ingredients (voice, acoustic guitar, a bit of whistling) into a sound that’s dense, gently hypnotic and utterly her own.
That song, from her debut album Parma Violets, helped Jealous of the Birds land a major-label deal, so Hamilton appears to be in for a big summer. On July 13, she returns with a new EP, The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep, and it’s headlined by “Plastic Skeletons.” The single takes the singer’s gift for evocative, concisely crafted, seemingly free-associated wordcraft and sets it against a swirling and forceful psych-rock arrangement.
“‘Plastic Skeletons’ was written once I got back from SXSW in 2016,” Hamilton writes via email. “That was my first trip to America, and I brought a journal and wrote a bunch of stuff in it. When I got home, I went through it and wrote that song in full. It’s a collection of little words and images that I picked up.”
Check her brand new single ‘Plastic Skeleton’ below:
The Isle of Wight raised, fuzzed up Indie/Rock artist, Lauran Hibberd, claims: “Don’t tell me stories, I’ll write songs about them.”
After a successful year of releases, securing support from Clash Magazine, Crack in the Road and Line of Best Fit. Lauran’s latest single ‘Call Shotgun’ has been championed by Spotify, landing it a place on the New Music Friday UK, The Indie List and All New All Now and the Hot New Bands playlist. It went on to be BBC Introducings track of the week on Radio One. After selling out her first headline show, and a string of support shows including Clean Cut Kid, Eliza and the Bear and Girli, Lauran has also had a great festival season including; Bestival, Liverpool Sound City, Isle of Wight Festival, Common People and Blue Dot.
Lauran’s ever-growing sound hints at a grander and grungier live setting, captured effortlessly and with no coming up for air in her recordings to date. Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music described a prior release ‘Hunny is this what adults do?’ as ‘ a colourful animation in which Lauran’s left – field personality spills over’ he went on to say ‘It’s uniqueness of sound is what makes this song so darned stand-out attractive.’
Her single ‘Fun Like This’ has been described as a ‘Pop etched ode, to non conformity’. It’s said to be a ‘big old grungey 90’s single, which has been nailed perfectly.
“If you like Jamie T and The Big Moon, I suspect this will be up your street. She’s fab!” – Clara Amfo BBC Radio 1
Watch the official music video for ‘Call Shotgun’ below: