I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with the Isle of Wight. It was the place my parents went on honeymoon to and adored so much that they immediately quit their jobs in Bedfordshire and made it home. But I love it for far more than that. I love and have loved Blackgang Chine, The Devil’s Chimney, Osbourne House beach, Brading Waxworks (RIP), Bestival (also RIP on the Island), the walk from Sandown to Ventnor, the wide open spaces of West Wight, the haunted houses, it’s step back in time feel, it’s odd little café’s, Shanklin Chine, Rylstone Gardens and its old fashioned crazy golf course, the hovercraft ride from Southsea, Monkey Haven, Quay Arts Centre and so much more.
Now to that list I’m adding the music of Lauran Hibberd.
No stranger to Breaking More Waves (I’ve featured her previously hereand here) Lauran returns with my favourite song of her’s yet, the title track to her forthcoming 5 track EP. Starting from simple acoustic beginnings Favourite Shade of Blue soon blossoms into something far more vast and wide screen. It’s a song that White Van Man could blast out of his open window as he’s driving home rather than his overplayed Coldplay CD, but it’s also suitable for the sensitive bearded folk dude who spends a lot of time listening to Laura Marling, Lucy Rose and The Staves. Essentially it wraps up personal intimacy on a grandiose scale.
Of the song Lauran says ‘Favourite Shade Of Blue celebrates the simplicity of youth, and the naivety that comes with young relationships. It treats blue as an emotion, before conveying it as a colour and proves the merit in both. For me, along with the rest of the EP it highlights the happiness that comes with sadness.’
Listen to Favourite Shade of Blue below and you’ll understand why, in just over three minutes, I think Lauran Hibberd is on her way to becoming essential. Three cheers for the Isle of Wight.