Hatchie - Keepsake (Cassette)
On her debut EP Sugar & Spice, Hatchie delivered the sonic equivalent of falling deliriously in love: a sustained rush of feeling, rendered in swoony melodies and gauzy guitar tones and endlessly hypnotic layers of sound. Now, with her full-length debut Keepsake, the Australian singer/songwriter tries on countless new textures, exploring everything from industrial to new wave to dance-pop, handling each with understated elegance and pure, powerful feeling.
In the making of Keepsake, the Brisbane-bred musician otherwise known as Harriette Pilbeam recorded in a home studio in Melbourne and worked again with John Castle-the producer behind Sugar & Spice, a 2018 release that prompted Pitchfork to dub her the "dream-pop idol of tomorrow." And while the album begins and ends with two massively catchy pop tracks-the brightly defiant "Not That Kind," the euphoric and epic "Keep"-many songs drift into more emotionally tangled terrain, shedding light on experiences both ephemeral and life-changing.