Hatchie is the stage name of Brisbane songwriter Harriette Pilbeam so you can sort of see why she's not using her birth name for this project. This is her debut album after an earlier well received EP. She uses a varied sonic palette with synthpop, ethereal guitars, industrial textures and new wave all featuring leading to a powerful sound that is already gaining her lots of plaudits.
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This is the debut album from Australian artist Hatchie. Keepsake is an electronic dream-pop album with nods to electro, mid-tempo dance music, and My Bloody Valentine’s early period. Chock-a-block with chunky synths and big 80s-sounding drums, this is a pretty enjoyable first effort.
Keepsake reminds me of some of the later electronic stylings of KT Tunstall; there are lots of big choruses, lilting vocals, and glittering synthesizers. I also really like ‘Obsessed’, it might be the strongest song on the album. It’s more taut and tight than some of its peers. ‘Unwanted Guest’ is also a banger, with some nice reversed guitar and gently arpeggiating keyboard lines. Hatchie definitely sounds best when the songs are a little more edgy, a bit more mean, rough around the edges.
On Keepsake, Hatchie has updated that classic C86 sound and made it sound fresh and modern.
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