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Hatchie — Sugar And Spice (EP/May 25, 2018)↓↓ The end result is pretty ecstatic.
Born: Harriette Pilbeam, May, 1993
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genre: Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Dream Pop
Album release: May 25, 2018
Record Label: Heavenly
01. Sure 4:09
02. Sleep 3:22
03. Sugar & Spice 3:09
04. Try 4:10
05. Bad Guy 4:36
Harriette Pilbeam, the artist behind Hatchie, tells us about Sugar & Spice:
↓↓ “After writing music that never felt cohesive or special enough to warrant its own venture, ‘Try’ marked a shift in my writing style I wasn’t expecting. I wrote it in early 2015, followed quickly by ‘Sleep’ and ‘Sugar & Spice’. They were written more for myself than for a specific project, in an effort to explore feelings of vulnerability and ecstasy I had previously suppressed. I wanted these songs to sound lush, sparkly and recreate euphoric feelings I experienced falling in love for the first time. I reworked my demos with Joe Agius, whose production and writing additions achieved the perfect sound I was searching for, giving me confidence to start taking the songs more seriously and continue writing.
↓↓ “I wrote ‘Bad Guy’ when I acquired an antique organ and had a lot of time to myself. It started out as a really small song that I wasn’t planning on ever releasing, but it flourished into something much more when I came back to it a year later. I wrote ‘Sure’ more recently, again unplanned and not expecting anything to come of it. These two tracks balance the elation of the other tracks with the more testing and heartbreaking elements of love — which is why I chose to call the EP Sugar & Spice. They explore feelings of helplessness and uncertainty when relationships begin to feel like they’re unravelling.
↓↓ “When I write I often choose one moment or feeling I’ve experienced and look at it under a microscope to take it to its maximum level of emotion. With ‘Bad Guy’ I started with a few lines I’d written in my diary and fleshed it out to create a new world of thoughts and feelings I hadn’t actually gone through myself, but that the new characters I created for the song were going through. ‘Sure’ was written in a similar fashion — it’s a representation of relationships I’ve watched other people struggle through, rather than being lyrically true to my own experiences.
↓↓ “The songs on Sugar & Spice were all written without much thought or pressure from myself or anyone else, allowing me to lay my feelings out like I’ve never done before. Joe & producer John Castle helped shape the sound you can hear in each track, bringing life to each song in its own special way. This release marks a turning point in not only my writing style, but also my growth as a young adult who acknowledges feelings of vulnerability as strength.”
REVIEWER: JAMES BENTLEY / RATING: 4 STARS
↓↓ 24~year~old Brisbaner Harriette Pilbeam has been described as something of a modest “runaway success” since the release of debut track ‘Try’ in May last year. The swirling pop number began circulating almost immediately on Triple J Radio in her native Australia — and now, nearly a year later, Hatchie’s first full EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ is signposting her way to the international stage.
↓↓ ‘Sugar & Spice’ cements her as the modern day successor to dream pop titans Cocteau Twins from the get~go. Robin Guthrie had already blessed her with a remix of ‘Try’ in 2017, but his influence shines through even more with the opening bars of ‘Sure’, as shimmering guitars wash through in layers. ‘Sleep’ is a climactic follow~up built around shuffling beats and heroic choruses, with a smoky hook that recalls Depeche Mode’s ‘80’s classic ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’. Later, the title track’s shoegazey guitars closely mimic the iconic, ethereal sound of My Bloody Valentine.
↓↓ Harriette doesn’t possess the unique, wobbly vocal style of Elizabeth Fraser, instead opting for pure, uplifting pop hooks (it’s telling, then, that she counts Kylie Minogue among her influences). It comes naturally to her — “all my songs start with singing,” she says — which makes sense given the vocal strengths present across these five tracks. With a finessed production tying everything together, the end result is pretty ecstatic. ↓↓ http://diymag.com/
Australian Sensation Hatchie Reveals Fun Visual for New Song “Sugar & Spice”
By Adreon Patterson | April 4, 2018 | 2:19pm
↓↓ After making back~to~back splashes with “Try” and “Sure,” and making a big impression at SXSW, Australian rising artist Hatchie is giving music lovers a touch of her fun side in the video for her new single, “Sugar & Spice.”
↓↓ Hatchie’s latest single continues her straightforward indie~pop sound while adding some power pop to the mix. In a music climate dominated by streaming, Hatchie’s catchy hook and shimmering guitar could turn the song into a summer hit. Hatchie evokes Liz Phair~meets~Shirley Mason with her biting lyrical content as she sings, “Maybe you should take a lesson / From the moon on how to handle / all eyes on you.” She follows it up with the first chorus, singing, “But you don’t call me baby anymore / No, you don’t call me baby anymore.”
↓↓ The fun, yet biting lyrics are matched by a handcrafted video, directed by Joe Agius, and filled with still images and construction paper backgrounds. The video acts as half~performance, half~lyric video, in which Hatchie and her band are seen performing the song as black~and~white photos with construction paper letters spelling out the lyrics. At points in the video, viewers only see cutouts of Hatchie’s mouth floating as she sings the lyrics.
Of the video, the artist herself stated:
↓↓ Joe and I spent about an hour filming with the guys and two days drawing for the video. It’s such a fun short song, so we wanted something simple and colourful, and less serious than our previous videos. Joe came up with the concept and we took inspiration from our old school scrapbooks.
↓↓ With the release of three songs, the Aussie sensation is ready to unleash her debut EP, named after her latest single, on May 25 on Double Whammy Records. The EP is available for preorder here.
↓↓ Having played in bands across her native country, Hatchie (born Harriette Pilbeam) seems ready to make her solo debut: “I feel like I’m only just beginning to really assert myself in the world and the Hatchie project has forced me to reassess and make so many positive changes,” she said.
↓↓ Along with the release of the new song and album, she will embark on a summer tour of the U.K. and Australia starting on May 5 in Leeds. She will be joined by two fellow up~and~comers, Australian band DMA’s and Detroit singer~songwriter Anna Burch, on select dates.
↓↓ With such catchy songs and an old~school feel, Hatchie is poised to be a breakout star in 2018. ↓↓ https://www.pastemagazine.com/
↓↓ Australian indie singer/songwriter Hatchie infuses her dreamy synth pop with fuzzy shoegaze guitars in a style reminiscent of early~‘90s output by acts like Cocteau Twins, the Sundays, Mazzy Star, Natalie Imbruglia, and the Cranberries. Hailing from Brisbane, the artist born Harriette Pilbeam started singing as a child, later learning guitar and bass in her teen years. The multi~instrumentalist would also add piano and clarinet to her résumé. In college, she studied entertainment, music, and management, before pursuing live music as a creative outlet. In addition to her work with bands like Go Violets and Babaganouj, Pilbeam also wrote for her solo project, Hatchie, which was her family nickname. Influenced by Cocteau Twins, the Sundays, Kate Bush, Lush, Nic Hessler, and Kylie Minogue, Hatchie released her debut, “Try,” in 2017. Garnering significant attention in her native Australia, she signed with Ivy League Records and followed with the single “Sure,” which scored a remix from Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie. In 2018 she released the “Sugar & Spice” single, which landed on her debut EP, Sugar & Spice (Double Double Whammy). Produced by Joe Agius (of the Creases) and John Castle (Cub Sport), Sugar & Spice featured her three previously released singles as well as two additional tracks. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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