Following her breakthrough debut singles ‘Try’ and ‘Sure’, Brisbane artist-on-the-rise Hatchie and Ivy League Records are thrilled to announce the artist’s highly-anticipated debut EP Sugar & Spice will be released on Fri May 25. To celebrate the news, Hatchie has unveiled the new single & title track ‘Sugar & Spice’, whilst also announcing her first Australian headline tour, which will take place in July. The run will see the artist play at the Worker’s Club (Melb) on Thursday July 12, Oxford Art Factory Gallery (Syd) on Friday July 13, before finishing in her hometown of Brisbane on Sat July 14 at Black Bear Lodge.
Speaking of the EP, Harriette Pilbeam – the artist behind Hatchie – says:
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.
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.
The release comes hot off the back of a remarkable nine months for the artist. After signing to Ivy League Records for Australia/New Zealand, Heavenly Recordings for UK/Europe and Double Double Whammy/Polyvinyl for North America, the international demand saw Hatchie embark on a huge run of shows, including a 7-date UK tour as well as US dates, including the recent performance at SXSW and upcoming appearance at The Great Escape.
Locally, Hatchie has supported the likes of Ball Park Music & Temper Trap, played Falls Festival, Laneway Festival (triple j unearthed winner) and looking ahead, will support DMA’s on their national run of shows in June. July will see a Hatchie embark on her own much-awaited headline tour.
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, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song.
Having played in her friends’ bands in Brisbane, Hatchie is Pilbeam’s first foray into solo territory, something she seems undaunted by. “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 says. “When I look back on this period of time, I think I’ll see Hatchie as a huge evolutionary force in my life.”