Australian singer/songwriter Hatchie infuses her dreamy synth pop with fuzzy shoegaze guitars in a style reminiscent of early-'90s acts like Cocteau Twins, the Sundays, Mazzy Star, Natalie Imbruglia, and the Cranberries. She introduced her blend of indie and mainstream with singles she collected on her 2018 debut EP, Sugar & Spice, then broadened her style on the following year's album Keepsake.
Hailing from Brisbane, the artist born Harriette Pilbeam started singing as a child, later learning guitar and bass in her teen years. The multi-instrumentalist would also add piano and clarinet to her résumé. In college, she studied entertainment, music, and management before pursuing live music as a creative outlet. In addition to her work with bands like Go Violets and Babaganouj, Pilbeam also wrote for her solo project, Hatchie, which was her family nickname. Influenced by Cocteau Twins, the Sundays, Kate Bush, Lush, Nic Hessler, and Kylie Minogue, Hatchie released her debut, "Try," in 2017.
Garnering significant attention in her native Australia, she signed with Ivy League Records and released the single "Sure," which scored a remix from Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie. In 2018, she released the "Sugar & Spice" single, which landed on her debut EP Sugar & Spice (Double Double Whammy). Produced by Joe Agius (of the Creases) and John Castle (Cub Sport), Sugar & Spice featured her three previously released singles as well as two additional tracks. That year, she also issued the track "Adored" as a part of Adult Swim's singles series. To make her debut album Keepsake, Hatchie worked with Castle in a Melbourne home studio and expanded her range to include hints of new wave and electronic music as well as dream pop. Double Double Whammy released Keepsake in June 2019.~ Neil Z. Yeung