Harriette Pilbeam is the singer- songwriter behind Hatchie. This new release is effervescent dream pop, confident sounding, featherlight but with a little bittersweetness.
‘Lights On’ and ‘The Key’ have Cocteau Twins in the shimmering, chiming sound, while 80s and 90s jukebox favourites like Depeche Mode, New Order and St Etienne loom large, in the big choruses of ‘This Enchanted ‘ and ‘Sunday Song’.
Pilbeam’s breezy, sweet voice suits the big production- it’s music with one foot in indie and another in bubblegum pop.
But elsewhere Latin and chanson influences can be found. It’s heartening to hear ambition so early in a young artist’s career.
Out via Secretly Canadian on April 22nd