Hatchie is the project of Harriette Pillbeam, a Brisbane-based artist who’s been on the scene for a couple of years playing in bands like Go Violets and Babaganouj. Now, she’s breaking out on her own with a new EP on the way called Sugar And Spice. The title track debuted early this month, and we named it one of the five best songs we heard that week. It’s the kind of song that sounds like it was scientifically designed to make people who love ’90s guitar-pop happy, and Pillbeam’s new single has the same trappings.
“Sleep” doesn’t make you wait for a payoff. Its opening chirpy synth-line is almost instantly overtaken by a surge of staticky guitars and Pillbeam’s crystalline harmonies. The way she enunciates every word with precision begs a comparison to Dolores O’Riordan, and it would be amiss not to compare Hatchie’s overall aesthetic to the Cranberries. This is the kind of song that could’ve soundtrack the epic school dance scene in a coming-of-age film from my childhood, and the accompanying Joe Agius-directed video plays with similar imagery.
Watch and listen to “Sleep” below.
Sugar And Spice is out 5/25 via Double Double Whammy.