To coincide with her return to Australia for a sold-out East Coast tour, Brisbane artist Hatchie has unveiled her stunning new dream-pop single, Obsessed. The track, accompanied by the video (directed by Joe Agius), is the next glimpse into her forthcoming debut album ‘Keepsake’ (out Fri 21 June) and follows lead single Without A Blush and recent tears-on-the-dancefloor anthem, ‘Stay With Me’.
Speaking about ‘Obsessed’, Hatchie says:
“‘Obsessed’ is a song about friendship. I wrote it when reflecting on my teenage tendency to cling to a new best friend for support, until I eventually convinced myself I wasn’t worthy of their friendship. It’s ultimately a celebration of meeting somebody who you look up to who helps you grow into a more adventurous person.”
The release of Obsessed comes on the eve of Hatchie’s sold-out East Coast tour, which kicked off last night at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, and continues tonight at The Lansdowne (Sydney) followed by The Foundry (Brisbane) on Fri 24 May.
On her upcoming debut LP ‘Keepsake’, Hatchie experiments with countless new textures, exploring everything from industrial to new wave to dance-pop, handling each with understated elegance and pure, powerful feeling. Teaming up once again with ‘Sugar & Spice’ (EP) producer John Castle (Cub Sport, Vance Joy, Jack River) ‘Keepsake’ was recorded in his studio in Melbourne’s north.
There’s a self-possessed spirit infusing all of ‘Keepsake’, which ultimately serves as a document of a particularly kinetic moment in Hatchie’s life. “I’m not much of a nostalgic person when it comes to memories, but I do have a tendency to hold on to certain things, like tickets from the first time I went someplace on holiday,” Hatchie says, reflecting on the album’s title.
“It made sense to me to call the record that, at a time when I’m going to probably end up with a lot of keepsakes – and in a way, this whole album is almost like a keepsake in itself.”
Hatchie’s exceptional debut EP, 2018’s ‘Sugar & Spice’ – which yielded the singles Sugar & Spice, Try, Sure, Bad Guy and Sleep garnered widespread acclaim from international music media, including NME, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit. Popjustice, Wonderland, The Guardian UK, triple j, FBi, Spotify, Apple Music, Purple Sneakers, VICE, TheMusic and more, with Pitchfork dubbing Hatchie the “dream-pop idol of tomorrow”. Locally, the EP release led to a sold out East Coast Australian tour.
2019 has already been a huge year for Hatchie, who has supported the likes of Beach House, Death Cab for Cutie and Kylie Minogue in Australia, and just returned from a 30-date tour with Girlpool in North America. After her Australian dates, the Brisbane artist will embark on a UK/EU tour, including headline dates and festivals slots at Primavera and Heartland Festival, as well as an extensive North American tour in September. Back on home soil, Hatchie has also been recognised by AIR, who have nominated her for Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year at their upcoming awards in July, the same month that will see her return home to play Splendour in the Grass!
‘Keepsake’ will be released on Friday 21 June on vinyl, CD and digital services, and is available to pre-order here.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
visit hatchie.net for more info ‘WITHOUT A BLUSH’ SINGLE TOUR
Fri 17 May | Northcote Social Club | Melbourne, VIC | SOLD OUT!
Sat 18 May | The Lansdowne | Sydney, NSW | SOLD OUT!
Fri 24 May | The Foundry | Brisbane, QLD | SOLD OUT!
THE BIG PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL
Sat 25 May | The Big Pineapple Festival | Sunshine Coast, QLD
UK/EUROPE – MAY/JUNE 2019
Wed 29 May | Primavera Sound | Barcelona, ES
Fri 31 May | Primavera Sound (Casa Primavera by Ikea) | Barcelona, ES
Sat 1 Jun | Heartland Festival | Copenhagen, DK
Mon 3 Jun | Obaren | Stockholm, SE
Wed 5 Jun | Berghain/Kantine | Berlin, DE
Fri 7 Jun | Paradiso (Small Hut) | Amsterdam, NL
Sat 8 Jun | Villette Sonique | Paris, FR
Sun 9 Jun | Green Door Store | Brighton, UK
Tue 11 Jun | The Louisiana | Bristol, UK
Wed 12 Jun | Moth Club | London, UK
Thu 13 Jun | Yes (Basement) | Manchester, UK
Fri 14 Jun | Brudenell Social Club – Main Room (Heavenly Weekender) | Leeds, UK
NORTH AMERICA – JUNE 2019
Mon 24 Jun | Central Park (w/ Japanese Breakfast) | New York City, NY
AUSTRALIA – JULY 2019
Fri 19 Jul | Splendour in the Grass | Byron Bay
NORTH AMERICA – SEPTEMBER 2019
Thu 5 Sep | Great Scott | Boston, MA
Fri 6 Sep | World Cafe Live (Downstairs) | Philadelphia, PA
Sat 7 Sep | DC9 | Washington, D.C.
Sun 8 Sep | Club Café | Pittsburgh, PA
Tue 10 Sep | The Garrison | Toronto, ON
Wed 11 Sep | Deluxx Fluxx | Detroit, MI
Fri 13 Sep | Shitty Barn | Spring Green, WI (SOLD OUT)
Sat 14 Sep | 7th Street Entry | Minneapolis, MN
Mon 16 Sep | recordBar | Kansas City, MO
Tue 17 Sep | Larimer Lounge | Denver, CO
Fri 20 Sep | Soda Bar | San Diego, CA
Sat 21 Sep | Echoplex | Los Angeles, CA
Wed 25 Sep | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
Fri 27 Sep | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR
Sat 28 Sep | Barboza | Seattle, WA
Sun 29 Sep | Fortune Sound Club | Vancouver, BC