– Shares new video to accompany single “Sure“
– Confirmed to play The Great Escape & SXSW in 2018
“Very, very lovely.” – The 405
“A shoegazey pop earworm” – The Fader
“It’s hard to think of it as anything less than brilliant” – Wonderland
“A beautiful statement. Recalling everyone from Cocteau Twins to Slowdive, the guitars have a watery quality, continually parting to reveal that beaming, golden vocal.” – Clash
“A strident step out that’s filled with sunny, reverberating guitar chords, bursts of synths that flourish underneath the track, and Harriette’s own voice, which glides across the track like a daydream.” – DIY
“Hatchie swoops into earshot… a marvellous mesh of Cocteau Twins-y atmospherics & jangly 90’s pop” – The Line of Best Fit
Having already won praise across the globe for her second ever single, “Sure”, Brisbane newcomer, HATCHIE, has shared a video to accompany the track and announced her first UK shows at The Great Escape festival in the spring.
Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. To hear her music is to step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Australia, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song.
New single “Sure” was written on a whim when a melody jumped into Pilbeam’s head, and finished swiftly in one day. The chorus plaintively unravels, setting the sorrow to shimmering synth washes, wrapping the whole thing up in a melody so gorgeous that it would fit seamlessly into The Sundays and Alvvays songbooks.
“I wrote “Sure” about people I know falling in and out of the same relationship issues as we grew out of our teens into early adulthood” she explains. “When I initially wrote it, it was about a couple that decided to give it “one more shot” over and over again because they couldn’t bare to be apart. When I think about all the lyrics now I realise that it could be interpreted in a number of different ways.”
The instinctual pop nous is undoubtedly on full display in “Sure”, but like all of Hatchie’s music, the track trades in shade as well as light. It’s at once accessible yet cerebral, walking a line between instant ear worm and something deeper and more oblique. It continues the story that began with pop gem “Try”; a runaway success at home in Australia, which also won Hatchie a fan in Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie. “It’s pretty weird being social media friends with one of your heroes” laughs Pilbeam.
Sure” preceeds what already looks to be a busy 2018 worldwide, with shows at SXSW & The Great Escape already confirmed and much more news to follow soon.
Hatchie live dates:
Thurs Dec 7–Sat Dec 9 – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thurs Dec 28–Sun Dec 31 – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Wed Jan 3: Metro, Sydney +
Fri Jan 5: Croxton, Melbourne +
Mon Mar 12–Mar 18 – SXSW, Austin TX
Fri Feb 23 – The Tivoli, Brisbane*
Sat Feb 24 – The Zoo, Brisbane*
Thurs Mar 1 – The Gov, Adelaide*
Fri Mar 2 – The Forum, Melbourne*
Sun Mar 4 – Badlands Carpark, Perth*
Fri Mar 9 – The Enmore, Sydney*
Wed May 16–Sun 19 May – The Great Escape, Brighton UK
+with Everything Everything
*with Ball Park Music