Harriette Pilbeam (born 4 May 1993), known professionally as Hatchie, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She released her debut EP, Sugar & Spice, in 2018.
Life and career
Harriette Pilbeam was born on 4 May 1993 in Brisbane. She started singing as a child, later learning guitar and bass in her teen years, as well as piano and clarinet later on. She studied entertainment, music, and management in college before pursuing live music as a creative outlet. She's the bassist and vocalist of the indie rock band Babaganouj, as well as a former member of the band Go Violets, which disbanded in 2014.Pilbeam made her solo debut under the name Hatchie, her family's nickname, with the release of her debut single "Try" in May 2017. The single gained her significant attention in her native Australia. She then signed with Ivy League Records and released her second single "Sure" in November 2017. In January 2018, she also signed with Double Double Whammy and Heavenly Recordings. In February, "Sure" was remixed by Cocteau Twins' guitarist Robin Guthrie. She released two more singles, "Sugar & Spice" and "Sleep", before releasing her debut EP Sugar & Spice on 25 May. The EP consists of the four previously released singles as well as one additional track, titled "Bad Guy".
Stereogum described Hatchie's music as "a cosmic concoction of dream-pop and shoegaze." Her sound has been compared to various acts, including some which she herself cites as influences, including Cocteau Twins, the Sundays, Mazzy Star, Natalie Imbruglia, and the Cranberries. She also cited My Bloody Valentine, Kylie Minogue, Sky Ferreira, Wolf Alice, Kate Bush, Chairlift, and Carly Rae Jepsen among her influences.