Hatchie (Harriette Pilbeam) is back with her sophomore album Giving the World Away. The album is chock full of neon-kissed alt-pop from the Australian singer-songwriter. Clocking in at 12 tracks, Giving the World Away, is the perfect size for any dream-pop or shoegaze fan. The album was produced by Jorge Elbrecht GRAMMY-nominated producer known for working with Japanese Breakfast, Sky Ferreira, and Wild Nothing. Regarding the album, Pilbeam stated: “There's more to me than just writing songs about being in love or being heartbroken -- there's a bigger picture than that...This album really just feels like the beginning to me, and scratching the surface – and even though it’s my third release as Hatchie, I feel like I’m rebooting from scratch.”
You can feel the increased sense of confidence that Pilbeam oozes in these songs. They're well structured and downright easy to move to. The music encapsulates the listener and Hatchie's vocals soar above them.
Some highlights of the album include "Lights On", the single "Quicksand", and "Giving the World Away". Overall, the album shows continued growth for the 28 year old singer songwriter. If you're into dream-pop, shoegaze, or alt-pop, you'll want to give Giving the World Away a listen. It's a winner in our book.
Rating - 4/5