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this Sugar & Spice EP is wonderful: dream-pop that could have come straight out of 1991, completely derivative in sound but so vividly melodic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uITI4DkVRL8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY7IbdrtDuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEUOoOXJBNs

lots of little mostalgic flourishes like the Robin Guthrie style droning guitar on Bad Guy or the way her voice slides up and down on Sugar & Spice like Harriet Wheeler, I can already hear the "it's all been done before what's the point" criticisms but I think there's a charming effortlessness on show.

boxedjoy, Friday, 20 July 2018 09:24 (one year ago) link

lol this year's Shambhala thread is about 40% Hatchie content alone.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 July 2018 12:18 (one year ago) link

yeah i've been enjoying her tracks the last few months, heard one in the coffee shop and was like, cool, this cocteau twins revival is going even deeper than i thought. her hooks are good too is the thing. bought the EP from the label at a record fair recently and they assured me a full-length was coming!

dreadful choice of artist names though, given how much of the potential audience is already familiar with waxahatchee. might as well have called herself "leigh bells," "tea projectors," "royer," or "eever ray."

This is a total Jeff Porcaro. (Doctor Casino), Friday, 20 July 2018 13:12 (one year ago) link

I bought this digital EP but have yet to listen. You're right, the name feels market tested, precision-focused on the demographic seeking a middle ground between Waxahatchee and Halsey.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 20 July 2018 14:08 (one year ago) link

i saw her live last week and she was excellent despite not having that much material yet

ufo, Friday, 20 July 2018 14:18 (one year ago) link

I’ve found that if you listen to the EP twice in a row it makes the perfect dream pop album.

Tim F, Saturday, 21 July 2018 02:50 (one year ago) link

^ I should do that. I've come back to "Sure" about a gazillion times since it was the Shambhala thread, but other tracks are yet to stick with me in the same way.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 21 July 2018 02:59 (one year ago) link

I was delighted to learn in said thread that she doubles as a member of Babaganouj and is the vocalist on "Would You Like Me?," which is the best Velocity Girl homage I've ever heard and a song I listened to a thousand times before I even knew there was any connection.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 July 2018 03:11 (one year ago) link

market tested, precision-focused

everything about this feels this way, but that doesn't mean she didn't write herself a perfect and timeless song in "Sure"

alpine static, Sunday, 22 July 2018 07:56 (one year ago) link

I think my favourite is “Bad Guy” for those “Just Like Honey” vibes.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 July 2018 08:05 (one year ago) link

Guys, her name is Harriette. I believe Hatchie is just a nickname. Maybe her friends and family are secretly a focus group?

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 22 July 2018 11:44 (one year ago) link

That is a disgusting nickname for Harriet(te), lol

imago, Sunday, 22 July 2018 12:18 (one year ago) link

it's a very australian nickname yeah lol

ufo, Sunday, 22 July 2018 13:02 (one year ago) link

my comment that it feels focus-grouped has nothing to do w/ her name.

alpine static, Sunday, 22 July 2018 19:56 (one year ago) link

and btw i love it/her. i guess what i'm saying is it's very polished for being so early in her career, and slightly lacking in personality, too. reminds me of early Tame Impala, which felt like scientists had genetically engineered a psych-pop band in a lab.

alpine static, Sunday, 22 July 2018 19:56 (one year ago) link

that's kinda what I love about it though, those big Katy Perry-style choruses are what makes her stand out from the sea of similar stuff

boxedjoy, Sunday, 22 July 2018 19:59 (one year ago) link

I was basically taking issue with korny's observation:

You're right, the name feels market tested, precision-focused on the demographic seeking a middle ground between Waxahatchee and Halsey.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 22 July 2018 21:03 (one year ago) link

oh, right, i shall chill

alpine static, Sunday, 22 July 2018 22:34 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I maintain that “Bad Guy” is a perfect song.

Tim F, Sunday, 23 September 2018 00:42 (nine months ago) link

i keep thinking "sure" is about to bust into "i try" by macy gray

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 24 September 2018 07:41 (nine months ago) link

i think "sleep" might be my favourite. the note she unexpectedly goes down to when she sings "in my DREAMS" is a straightforward John Hughes movie trigger for me??

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 24 September 2018 07:52 (nine months ago) link

okay that was before i heard the harmonies on "bad guy".

thanks ilx :)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 24 September 2018 08:14 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

New one

https://www.adultswim.com/music/singles-2018/11

It's ...okay. I understand her giving it away tho.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 23:24 (eight months ago) link

four months pass...

https://open.spotify.com/album/6aCzpx3ctFI3q1Fsw8usyH

new single sounds pretty good

seeing her live tonight opening for beach house

ufo, Monday, 25 February 2019 22:42 (four months ago) link

It's not up in my region yet, but I'll get back to you in about 38 minutes.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 04:22 (four months ago) link

album is titled Keepsake out 21 June

ufo, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 04:33 (four months ago) link

Boo! Still not playable in EST.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 05:05 (four months ago) link

Oh, well here it is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ELnVRJMFhw

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 05:06 (four months ago) link

God, she's so goooooood at this

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 05:08 (four months ago) link

Another great song! This is one of my most anticipated albums of the year.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 05:17 (four months ago) link

she was pretty good just now! played two other new songs from the album: "unwanted guest" which was similar in style to "without a blush" with a darker, almost nine inch nails-ish verse and then a huge shoegaze-pop chorus, and "her own heart" which was a ballad in 6/8 that made me think 'shoegaze taylor swift'

ufo, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 11:17 (four months ago) link

also charles from babaganouj was her lead guitarist and he was comically dramatic at that

ufo, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 11:37 (four months ago) link

Loving the new single. I think it's my favorite so far! That guitar in the verse is fierce! Also love the bass.

daavid, Monday, 4 March 2019 17:46 (four months ago) link

"Without a blush" = sunshine Curve! this is glorious

technopolis, Monday, 4 March 2019 19:37 (four months ago) link

the first song in the op sounds like sixpence none the richer...but better.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Monday, 4 March 2019 19:40 (four months ago) link

touring all over the country with Girlpool - that's a can't miss

alpine static, Monday, 4 March 2019 20:05 (four months ago) link

Agreed. Looking to see that show in Asbury Park in order to make a fun little weekend out of it.

Evan, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 16:08 (four months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Another solid track from her upcoming debut album! I'm getting some Liz Fraser vibes here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwdXi0I8vsQ

daavid, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 15:19 (three months ago) link

her best song yet

ufo, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 23:20 (three months ago) link

I'm getting some School Of Seven Bells vibes from the new single. Really wish the album wasn't still so far away.

kitchen person, Thursday, 4 April 2019 03:42 (three months ago) link

This is the first one, besides the Adult Swim one, that I'm strictly "meh" about.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 April 2019 04:57 (three months ago) link

I felt the same way after the first couple of listens but now I really like it!

daavid, Thursday, 4 April 2019 11:27 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just saw her live. Unreleased tracks from the new album are all sounding great. At this rate it will probably end up being album of the year for me.

daavid, Saturday, 20 April 2019 03:19 (three months ago) link

this song was on the jukebox a minute ago and i couldn’t tell if it was hatchie or the ‘90s.

it was “ode to my family” by the cranberries. i have never heard this song as far as i can remember.

i also think about natalie imbruglia a lot when i listen to this band.

budo jeru, Sunday, 21 April 2019 06:17 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI4aHUVQBgI

this one is like dream-pop new order, i love it

ufo, Friday, 17 May 2019 01:45 (two months ago) link

wow

boxedjoy, Friday, 17 May 2019 10:24 (two months ago) link

this is gonna be the greatest album of all time isn't it

boxedjoy, Friday, 17 May 2019 10:25 (two months ago) link

certainly one of this year's best. I'm excited!

fragglerock, Friday, 17 May 2019 11:16 (two months ago) link

this is gonna be the greatest album of all time isn't it

― boxedjoy, Friday, May 17, 2019 10:25 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

YES!

daavid, Friday, 17 May 2019 17:28 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

I've had the album for a while now. It's so great.

It kind of sounds like what I imagine a fifth School Of Seven Bells album would have sounded like.

kitchen person, Saturday, 15 June 2019 05:46 (one month ago) link

I'm very jealous. I was hoping it would leak, but nothing so far.
Ah well, it's only 6 days now...

fragglerock, Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:20 (one month ago) link

Remember when most albums used to leak 2 or 3 months early. Nowadays it seems to be 24 hours if that, which is probably a good thing.

groovypanda, Monday, 17 June 2019 10:13 (one month ago) link

But why thou? For us, the listeners, I'd take an early leak over the excitement any day.
For the artist, people who are gonna buy the record, are gonna buy the record. (I know I will, it's on my Bandcamp wishlist already.)
And everyone else is going to stream it anyway. And there is virtually no difference in what an artist earns on streams versus having their music pirated/leaked.

fragglerock, Monday, 17 June 2019 12:59 (one month ago) link

“Secret,” oh my god

josh winters (josh), Friday, 21 June 2019 07:52 (one month ago) link

album is very solid, "secret" and "keep" are the highlights from the tracks that weren't singles but "stay with me" is still probably my favourite

ufo, Friday, 21 June 2019 09:23 (one month ago) link

“Secret,” oh my god

― josh winters (josh)

Yeah, this is the one!

kitchen person, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:34 (one month ago) link

I love this album so much.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Saturday, 22 June 2019 16:06 (one month ago) link

I like this album, though I don't think so for the same reasons I liked her early string of singles. This one exists outside of early 90s sonic nostalgia where those past songs were time traveling. But I'll tell you what this album *does* remind me of, though... Sky Ferreira's album.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 23 June 2019 13:04 (four weeks ago) link

Some food songs here, some skippable.
The songs that somewhat like Cocteau Twins are better imo

nostormo, Sunday, 23 June 2019 15:40 (four weeks ago) link

This is a bit more restrained and subdued than I was expecting but it is easily tying with Charly Bliss for my own AOTY

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 18:05 (three weeks ago) link

The SVIIB comparison feels particularly apt - this does a similar thing in that it looks forward but with obvious influences, whereas the EP felt more like a well-performed recreation of its inspirations

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 18:08 (three weeks ago) link

Today's pitchfork review was pretty harsh-- it reads more like 5.0 than the 6.5 they gave it.

I do take issue with this line though:

For an artist so laser-focused on pop production, Pilbeam’s songwriting is unapologetically sophomoric.

because she's talking about the lyrics, which is not the first thing I think of when I think of "songwriting", plus I'm not sure how important lyrics are with dream pop.

enochroot, Thursday, 27 June 2019 12:23 (three weeks ago) link

makes me wonder how one could be apologetically sophomoric

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 27 June 2019 12:28 (three weeks ago) link

the classic 'hype the debut EP & early singles / pan the debut album' manoeuvre

the lyrics aren't anything special but they're not embarassingly bad or anything and i thought it was strange the review focused on them so much/ it also feels weird to complain that there's too much dream pop guitar... on a dream pop album. it's not like the album is lacking in variation either

anyway the "born slippy"-esque synths on "stay with me" are the best

ufo, Thursday, 27 June 2019 12:50 (three weeks ago) link

how are you gonna trot out another sounds-like-an-ad diss when "very reminiscent of making out with a 23-year-old mattress boy named DYLAN" exists

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 27 June 2019 12:50 (three weeks ago) link

very sundays

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 23:30 (two weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Is the "Bernard Sumner" guitar pedal commercially available, or did she just nail the right settings?
Because that guitar that comes in at 1:44 on 'Obsessed' is a dead ringer.

enochroot, Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:36 (four days ago) link

probably just the right settings, she said it was a deliberate attempt to sound like "Regret"

ufo, Friday, 19 July 2019 01:29 (three days ago) link


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