Brisbane’s Hatchie debuts on Heavenly. Sugar & Spice is prime ‘90s fetishism that has arrived just in time for this heatwave we’re having at the moment. Mazzy Star, Lush, Ride, a little Cocteau Twins, you get the idea. It’s a sweet dream-pop EP that will likely prove the start of a rather successful career. And everything nice, indeed.
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I’ll never be able to explain to you why Hatchie’s EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ is actually good, never for my life, unless you can hold, with me, one objective truth: pop music is good. This record exists as if it were cut from another era of Top 40 success stories, a time in the extremely early oughties when commercial music sounded radically different to the way it does now. It’s being labelled ‘dream pop’ but listening to “Sure” is likely going to take you back to a very particular time in music.
Whether or not you liked the flat but super sugar-laced pop music of that time is immaterial: Hatchie makes those kind of songs perfectly. Her melodies are simple and effective, the verses of “Sure” and “Sleep” cut to with a direct, exacting sparsity, their choruses following up with the euphoric glitz you’ve been sitting in the waiting room for. The bright, lucidly produced synths and guitar that mark this record have little in the way of current reference points; the closest thing is Sky Ferreira’s ‘Night Time, My Time’, a record that was also peculiar and anachronistic in the way it approached making modern pop music.
Fans of poppier dreamer bands could potentially find their new favourite artist here, if they're willing to go as unabashed as Hatchie is: the record's title track certainly has the melodic inclinations of Cocteau Twins, and the guitar of "Try" swoons in the clouds the way Mazzy Star might. Still, it's the way it merges with a particular moment in pop music that I'm so beguiled by. The record feels woozy and dreamy only in the most subliminal ways, and Hatchie’s knack for making new, maximalist iterations of long forgotten pop stylings has me feeling jubilant.
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