【review/rate】hatchie / sugar & spice ep

released 2018, double double whammy

Harriette Pilbeam sets the stage for an illustrious career with this sweet and quality debut, a mini album consisting of 5 slices of dreampop heaven.  

“Sure” is at its most simplified a heartsick breakup song, wrapped wistfully in layers of guitars and lyrically musing over the possibilities of making things work.  It’s almost begging for things to magically fix themselves, but we all know how relationships can go bad!  Fantastic opener.

“Sleep” didn’t really grab me until repeat listens, especially around 2 minutes in where Hatchie’s vocals in the second verse are very strong and amplify the message of the lyrics.  It’s overall uplifting and full of positive vibes, and i’m glad I gave it another shot to really sink in.

Title track “Sugar and Spice” is even more uplifting and sweet, as its name would suggest.  The melodies are adorably saccharine, and I really love the guitars in the mix, keep an ear out for them.  This honestly sounds like the background music to those 90’s teen shows that were around before I was actually a teen, and I really love that.  It’s nostalgic but also fresh.  There’s a synth break as well!! It’s very reminiscent of the opening horn thingy from Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away with Me” and that’s automatic brownie points.

“Try” opens with dreamy guitars and twinkly synths, and Hatchie’s hypnotic vocal delivery in the verses further drive the shoegaze/dreampop influences that are apparent in this song’s arrangement and structure.  Now, anyone will tell you that those genres ARE MY SHIT, so “Try” is basically my favorite track on the EP by default. I was actually sad when this song ended, as I really loved it and I wish the outro was longer!

The Sugar and Spice EP comes to a close with its final offering, “Bad Guy”.  This one has influences of new wave and balladry within it, and it’s definitely emotional. Usually, I don’t normally get into these slower songs, but “Bad Guy” is really something special.  The chorus reminds me of Haim, and I absolutely love Hatchie’s harmonies, especially in the middle eight.

Hatchie’s “Sugar and Spice EP” is one of the most memorable and quality releases of the year so far, and I really look forward to hearing more from her.  I’ve been listening to this EP so much lately, and it’s cemented Hatchie as an artist to keep a close eye on in 2018.

  1. Sure ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Sugar and Spice ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Try ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Bad Guy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Must Listen : Try, Sure, Sugar and Spice
Skip : ???
(Honestly there’s not a dud to be found in this EP, don’t skip!)

Stream the “Sugar and Spice EP” on Apple Music and Spotify.
Physical copies are available here on Double Double Whammy’s page!


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