Lauran Hibberd’s Goober was so good we would have played through the vinyl (except we listened to it on digital) – so it’s welcome news that a new song has arrived straight out of Hibville. ‘Charlie’s Car’ is an alt-Britpop anthem with knobs on.
This song lies somewhere between Hibberd’s own ‘Why Am I Still Alive’ and The Breeders’ ‘Cannonball’. It’s got handclaps and crunchy guitar plucks throughout a quirky rhythmic verse, which bursts into a vocal/guitar melodic fuzz chorus. It sounds like a simple formula, but this is a hard style to nail. If you have a flying chorus like this, a spiky verse is a great way to make sure it lands the punch.
If I had to make some criticism, I would have liked the snare drum to have been given a slightly different treatment as it’s a little dry. That’s the critical checklist ticked off, so now we can go back to talking about how brilliant this single is.
Check it out for yourself below!Watch Lauran Hibberd – Charlie’s Car