A winning mix of pop melodies and shoegaze textures defines the sound of Brisbane’s Harriette Pilbeam – AKA Hatchie. Tracks like the great opener here, Lights On, join the (albeit quite distant) dots between the Cocteau Twins and All Saints; Quicksand and This Enchanted are both blessed with huge choruses. While her influences are not hard to spot – Sky Ferreira, La Roux (particularly on the title track), Mazzy Star, Carly Rae Jepsen – they are configured in imaginative and distinctive new combinations, with lavish production care from Jorge Elbrecht. In that respect, Pilbeam’s second album certainly feels like a logical sequel to her 2019 debut, Memorya small success in her home country.
True Giving away the world sees a great leap forward, however, is with his lyrics. The forced loneliness of prolonged Covid lockdowns gave Pilbeam plenty of time to think and process issues around self-esteem and self-image, which she had struggled with for a long time. Her newfound confidence is reflected in Take My Hand, with the comforting chorus of “you don’t have to change”, and it infuses her glossy songs with warmth and intimacy.