After making waves in the Aus music scene in 2017 with her acclaimed singles ‘Try’ and ‘Sure’, Brisbane songstress Harriette Pilbeam aka Hatchie has announced her debut EP, ‘Sugar and Spice’, and has shared the release’s title track.
‘Sugar and Spice’ saw its debut on Triple J’s Good Nights program, during which Hatchie revealed some context behind the new single. “I wanted to write a really happy love song [because] I wrote all these sad songs and it was getting a bit too deep and dark for me. I recorded it in two sessions: in Brisbane first but I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to take it so sat on it for about a year, then after ‘Try’ came out I went and finished it in Melbourne.”
The song sees a continuation of the dreamy, uplifting indie pop sounds of the singer’s previous work, with a slightly airier aesthetic being present to match its lovesick narrative. ‘Sugar and Spice’ is filled to the brim with incredibly catchy vocal melodies and undeniably endearing lyrics (it’s hard to listen to lines such as “The brightest stars burn out the fastest/But maybe we could still outlast it all” and not smile”). Its instrumental is reverb-heavy, but by no means indirect or lacking in substance, with a plucky synth lead and fuzzy guitar solo adding a noticeable punchiness to the song.
The EP of the same name from which this track comes from is due on May 25, and also contains Hatchie’s two singles from 2017 – a year she has described as “really full-on”. Continuing, the singer stated: “It has been really crazy. We did so many tours and supported so many great bands, like Ball Park Music recently. I was kind of in shock for a lot of it, it happened so fast.”
Following this release, Hatchie will be supporting DMA’s on their Australian tour in June, before embarking on her debut headline Australian tour in July. Both run of dates are listed below.
Listen to ‘Sugar and Spice’ and pre-order the EP here.
Hatchie Sugar & Spice EP tour
- Thursday 12 July – Worker’s Club, Melbourne
- Friday 13 July – Oxford Art Factory Gallery, Sydney
- Saturday 14 July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Also supporting DMA’S:
- Friday 1 June – The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+)
- Saturday 2 June – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (licensed, all ages)
- Sunday 3 June – Metropolois, Fremantle (18+) Public Holiday Eve
- Friday 8 June – The Forum, Melbourne (18+) (new show)
- Saturday 9 June – The Forum, Melbourne (18+) (sold out)
- Sunday 10 June – The Enmore, Sydney (licensed, all ages) Public Holiday Eve (sold out)
Monday 11 June – The Enmore, Sydney – Queen’s B’day Public Holiday (licensed, all ages) (new show)
Find ticket information on Hatchie’s website.