Hatchie (Harriette Pilbeam) is launching her second album Giving the World Away via Secretly Canadian on April 22. Hatchie expands beyond the love on/ love off binary that reigns supreme over the majority of pop music.
Pilbeam explains “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.” Pilbeam is reaching out and reassessing how it feels to actually feel, with a thousand conscious moments at a time.
Produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Sky Ferreira, Japanese Breakfast), Giving the World Away opens with Lights On, a high-energy sonic awakening that lifts you into the world of the album. Olivia Rodrigo makes a fitting appearance on Quicksand with a writing collaboration, deepening the song with a cheerful melancholy that can only come from a timely introspection. The track Don’t Leave Me in the Rain is a love-laced shoegaze letter to vulnerability, a reminder that it is always okay to ask for what you need.
Pilbeam has given us an album of growth and reflection that pulls in influences from all directions, from Nick Cave to Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror, Giving the World Away is a musical diary that proves progress takes deliberate thought and movement. This album is a breakthrough, and Pilbeam has found herself on a different level with an obvious upward trajectory.