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Hatchie’s utterly perfect new EP Sugar & Spice might remind you of The Cranberries and Natalie Imbruglia both names are meant as deep compliments. But instead , I’ll go with Cocteau Twins whose Robin Guthrie has already remixed a song from Sugar and The Sundays, but even those fall short in capturing the album’s radiant, sparkling beauty. So let’s forego comparisons altogether and say this instead: that Hatchie  aka Harriette Pillbeam has the kind of graceful knack for pop hooks that artists twice her age would sell their souls for. Step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath irresistible pop melodies.

The EP moves from triumph to triumph: in “Sure,” Hatchie’s voice skips through a glistening field of guitars, pausing only to ricochet her voice up and up and up the octave on the chorus. She see-saws up and down, from high register to deep alto, on the verses to the title track, the chorus of which is as sticky-sweet and elastic as pulled taffy. But the runaway winner on an EP full of stunners comes at the end; on “Bad Guy,” Hatchie modulates her voice so it lands somewhere between pained longing and calm resolution, and the way the chorus spills from her lips short, breathless syllable after short, breathless syllable adds to the song’s nervous momentum. That the album runs a short 20 minutes is Sugar & Spice’s only drawback as you want more, but that’s a minor quibble; Hatchie could write an album three times as long, and it would still feel like it was over too soon.

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Released May 25th, 2018

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There’s a lot going on for The Goon SaxShe Knows, the scorching first single from their wonderful and devastating second album We’re Not Talking has just been released. The album is available from the lovely people at Wichita recordings

The band are about to embark on a European tour with Franke Cosmos, a sold out headline show in London and their first US tour.

The Goon Sax are James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane. The band were Still in high school when they made their first album Up To Anything in 2016, their brand of awkwardly transcendent teenage guitar pop took them into end of year lists for BBC 6Music, Billboard and Rough Trade, and earned them rave reviews from the Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin, Uncut, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. According to Metacritic, Up To Anything was the 8th best-reviewed debut album anywhere in the world in 2016.

We are beyond delighted to welcome The Goon Sax to the Wichita family!

The Goon Sax are James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane, Australia.

Still in high school when they made their first album Up To Anything in 2016, their brand of awkwardly transcendent teenage guitar pop took them into end of year lists for BBC6, Billboard and Rough Trade, and earned them raves from the Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin, Uncut, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. According to Metacritic, Up To Anything was the 8th best-reviewed debut album anywhere in the world in 2016.

The Goon Sax toured UK and Europe twice on that record, played shows with Whitney, US Girls, Teenage Fanclub, Twerps and Blank Realm, graduated school, and then turned their focus to album number two. They flew to Melbourne to record with James Cecil and Cameron Bird, respectively former/current members of Architecture In Helsinki.
Upcoming album We’re Not Talking shows how much can change between the ages of 17 and 19. It’s a record that takes the enthusiasms of youth and twists them into darker, more sophisticated shapes, full of lines like “When the bus went past your house and past your stop my eyes filled with tears” and “I’ve got a few things above my bed but it feels so empty, I’ve got spaces to fill and we’re not talking.” Relationships are now laced with hesitation, remorse, misunderstanding and ultimately compassion. 

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Strings, horns, even castanets sneak their way onto the album, but We’re Not Talking isn’t glossy throwaway pop. Sounds stick out at surprising angles, cow-bells become lead instruments and brief home-recorded fragments appear unexpectedly. This is a record made by restless artists, defying expectations as if hardly noticing, and its complexity makes We’re Not Talking even more of a marvel.

Releases September 14th, 2018
The Band
James – Guitar, Bass, keys, Vocals
Riley – Percussion, Vocals
Louis – Guitar, Bass, keys, Vocals
Lizzie Welsh – Violin
Biddy Connor – Viola
Madison Foley – TrumpetAll songs written by The Goon Sax. 

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With her debut UK live shows just days away, Brisbane newcomer Hatchie has shared a fourth track and accompanying video from her debut EP, ‘Sugar & Spice’, which comes out on May 25th via Heavenly Recordings.

The new track, ‘Sleep‘, continues to delve into Harriette Pilbeam’s introspective world where daydreams meet a shimmering soundtrack of bright synths, jangling guitars and deliciously bittersweet vocals, we are big fans: “Sleep is about feeling frustrated with someone who can’t communicate their feelings,” she explains. “In this song I’m trying to coax someone into talking to me by any means necessary, even if it means visiting me in dreams.”

On the accompanying video she comments: “We decided to play on the idea that I’m trying to get someone to communicate with me in their sleep. We made a bunch of dreamy sets to focus on, like I’m talking to them in their dreams. At some points I’m really serious, at other points I’m almost teasing them because I’m so over trying to get them to talk.”

Speaking of the EP, Pilbeam says: “After writing music that never felt cohesive or special enough to warrant its own venture, ‘Try’ marked a shift in my writing style I wasn’t expecting. I wrote it in early 2015, followed quickly by ‘Sleep’ and ‘Sugar & Spice’. They were written more for myself than for a specific project, in an effort to explore feelings of vulnerability and ecstasy I had previously suppressed. I wanted these songs to sound lush, sparkly, and recreate euphoric feelings I experienced falling in love for the first time. I reworked my demos with Joe Agius, whose production and writing additions achieved the perfect sound I was searching for, giving me confidence to start taking the songs more seriously and continue writing.

The songs on ‘Sugar & Spice’ were all written without much thought or pressure from myself or anyone else, allowing me to lay my feelings out like I’ve never done before. Joe & producer John Castle helped shape the sound you can hear in each track, bringing life to each song in its own special way.”

The release comes hot off the back of a remarkable nine months for Hatchie. After signing to Ivy League Records for Australia/New Zealand, Heavenly Recordings for UK/Europe and Double Double Whammy/Polyvinyl for North America, and recent performances at SXSW, the international demand will see Hatchie embark on a huge run of shows. The UK leg in May will take in festivals such as Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape as well as a string of London shows.

‘Sugar & Spice’ EP track list:
1. Sure (official video | Robin Guthrie remix)
2. Sleep (official video)
3. Sugar & Spice (official video)
4. Try (official video)
5. Bad Guy

Hatchie has revealed details of her debut EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ and released the title track with a excellent new video today. ‘Sugar & Spice’ follows the previously released singles ‘Try’ & ‘Sure’ from the Brisbane based artist Harriette Pilbeam.

The video for ‘Sugar & Spice’ was made by Hatchie band-member Joe Agius, with Harriette Pilbeam:

Joe and I spent about an hour filming with the guys and two days drawing for the video. It’s such a fun short song, so we wanted something simple and colourful, and less serious than our previous videos. Joe came up with the concept and we took inspiration from our old school scrapbooks.”

“‘Sugar And Spice’ may not be everything nice, but it’s sure a heck of a lot of it. Basically a perfect radio-friendly indie-pop song — it matches its spangly guitar shimmer with vocal harmonies

‘SUGAR & SPICE’ EP

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Brisbane six-piece Nice Biscuit have unleashed their latest single, ‘Captain’, an electrifying four-and-a-half minutes of apocalyptic psych-pop. ‘Captain’ is also the first release to come out of the newly launched Sydney-based independent label, Break Even Recordings, an imprint of Inertia Music designed to provide a platform for emerging Australian artists, and kicks things off in impressive style.

A Krautrock-indebted rhythm section provides a stable bedrock for rolling, psychedelic guitar solos to freely roam, before the track solidifies into a groove that makes way for the double harmonies of front-women Billie and Grace. The relentlessly driving beat, a loping bass line and murky, distortion-driven guitars coalesce into a groove that sounds as if it were slow-moving through a thick layer of sludge, offering an eerie, portentous atmosphere to Billie and Grace’s breathy vocal performances.

It would be easy to say that the songwriting feels loose and free-flowing throughout the track, but in fact it’s intricately structured, with heavy interludes breaking up the verses and multiples sections and motifs that introduce themselves, build and then never repeat again, harkening back to Nice Biscuit’s jam band origins. The playing feels similarly loose in spirit, but the band displays a tight, cohesive singularity when they all lock into the same groove towards the end of the track, or when they pause for a virtuosic, rapid-fire break before the final verse. It’s an exciting step forward for a band that has continued to evolve, and now with the team of Break Even behind them, it really feels like they’re only just getting started.

‘Captain’ is out now via Break Even Recordings.

Sweater Curse are everything that’s good about contemporary Australian DIY in 2018: double-glazed donut harmonies double-dipped in melancholia, with a hint of outer-suburban Brisvegas to taste. They’re a live force, already appearing on bills with hell cool legends like Camp Cope and Iron Chic, and scoring a festival spot at Secret Garden in Australia later on in 2018. There’s more to come, and it’s all exciting – listen out for more like 2017 standout ‘Don’t Call Me’ soon.

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Hatchie is one Harriette Pilbeam, a native of Brisbane who has already attracted plaudits at home prior to unsurprisingly picking up wider acclaim from the likes of NPR and Beats 1. 

Having played with various friends and bands in Brisbane, Hatchie is her first venture into solo territory, one she is quick to admit is positive, that allows her to make her own decisions, assert herself and make so many positive changes. Her world is a dreamy landscape inhabited by cascading synths, jangling guitars and undeniable, irresistible pop melodies. Sure, prompted by a melody was composed on a whim and completed in a day. As she explains; “All of my songs start with singing. I hear the melody first and then work out the chords I’m imaginging under that and despite not knowing chord names I have a good ear so can kinda figure it out.”

That instinct is abundant on Sure, lush synths envelope alluring vocals that wouldn’t appear out of place in The Sundays and Allvvays songbooks – a gorgeous swathe of pop beauty, an enthralling introduction into the world of Hatchie.  The track will be included on a forthcoming EP through Heavenly Recordings that will accompany her debut UK live dates.

Also check out the First single from Brisbane dreampop artist Hatchie.

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Sleep Club’s debut single’s is a mellow dreampop debut from this Brisbane dreamy pop trio consisting of sonic complexity and soothing ambience. Stemming from similar influences, all members create a unique blend of eclectic vocal harmonies and intricate drum and bass rhythms. Sleep Club is most known around Brisbane for its textural and complex musical development and slowly driven and moving performances.

The band formed as a project in 2016 through mutual band connections such as Death Tourism, Post Dream and Sweater Curse, which this year have began recording their anticipated debut single. As all members are multi-instrumental the band’s writing process is very collaborative and detailed which has led to such a unique collection of pieces.

It’s a bit of a tingly one in its last textural 60 seconds is ‘Cut You’. The three multi-instrumentalist member outfit – Amber Ramsay (Cloud Tangle), Monica Sottile (Sweater Curse), Vanessa Marousopoulos (Keeskea), are an Australian styled Warpaint, with a sonic soothing ambience, and those kind of vocal harmonies to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

HATCHIE – ” Sure “

Posted: January 4, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Brisbane’s Hatchie may have only released two singles this year, but when they’re your first two and they’re at the quality that Hatchie delivered with “Try” and “Sure”, you would be impressed too. The shoegaze-pop figurehead has sold out shows and graced festival stages across the country off the back of these two singles alone, with her indie-pop charm and spectacular, genre-merging songwriting proving unavoidable for much of the year. On “Sure”, the most recent of her two singles, this brilliant songwriting truly comes to light. The Brisbane name combines her inviting vocals with a stripped-back, acoustic instrumental that’s packed with this dreamy vibe that you could easily hear rolling behind the end credits of a big budget rom-com. It’s full of flavour and love, something we hope Hatchie continues to work with on her forthcoming releases in 2018.