Giving The World Away
Harriette Pilbeam played in low-key indie bands around Brisbane for years before debuting as Hatchie, but this project quickly vaulted her to international attention. Soon she was touring with Kylie Minogue and honing a vision of pop that looks back on dreamy ’90s alternative with fresh eyes. Pilbeam’s second album as Hatchie finds her sounding more polished and classic than ever before, with those gauzy layers of melody bolstered by more danceable rhythms. The sing-along choruses are more palpable than ever too, as heard on “This Enchanted” and “Quicksand,” the latter co-written with Olivia Rodrigo collaborator Dan Nigro. The aptly titled “The Rhythm” pushes especially close to the club, evoking warm flashbacks to Madonna. While Hatchie’s previous work slotted in neatly alongside shoegazing cult favorites, Giving the World Away might prove to be her anointment as a chart-friendly pop star.