Album Review: Keepsake by Hatchie


AlbumKeepsake
Artist: Hatchie
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Favorite Tracks: Without a Blush
Thoughts:

This is the first full-length album from Australian singer-songwriter Harriette Pilbeam, who records under the name Hatchie.  The songs are lush and dreamy and a suitable soundtrack to a lazy summer day.  The sound is reminiscent of early 90s bands with ethereal female lead vocalists like The Sundays. I really liked her 2018 EP Sugar & Spice, but the songs on Keepsake don’t packe the same punch with the exception of “Without a Blush.”  A lot of songs suffer from a repetitious nature where they start with a good groove or lyric but it becomes grating as the song goes along. The song “Obsessed” is a good example of this.  I was looking forward to this album but I don’t think I will be revisiting it.

Rating: **

Monthly Mixtape – February 2019


Billie Eilish :: Bury a Friend

A creepy song written from the perspective of the monster under the bed by a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Los Angeles.

Gato Preto ::  Mendinga Carnival feat. Lusafro Allstars

The duo of the producer Lee Bass and rapper/singer Gata Misteriosa are joined by lusophone (Portuguese speaking) artists from Africa in this celebration of the creole culture of Cape Verde.

Chaka Khan :: Like Sugar

The Queen of Funk is back with a spectacular new album, Hello Happiness, with this terrific lead single.

Hatchie :: Without a Blush

Australian singer/songwriter Hatchie, a.k.a. Harriette Pilbeam, returns with the lead single from her new album of dream pop, Keepsake, due in June.

Ex Hex :: Cosmic Cave

Mary Timony’s Ex Hex returns five years after their classic album Rips, with the lead single off of It’s Real, which is due in March.

The Prizefighters :: Just Let the Music Play

The warmth of this sleepy ska tune belies the fact that The Prizefighters are from chilly Minnesota.

Shana Cleveland :: The Face of the Sun

Los Angeles-based Shana Cleveland is singer/songwriter with ethereal vocals and dreamy instrumentals.

Sol :: The Kids

Seattle hip hop artist Sol raps about police violence and their victims, the kids.


Previous Mixtapes:

2018 Year in Review: Favorite Songs – Part 2


Read Part 1 of this list for Songs 25 to 16.
15. “Mambo Rapidito” ::  Orquesta Akokán

14. “Gallipoli” :: Beirut

13. “Sisters” :: Natalie Prass
12. “The Queen of New York” :: Tancred
11. “Once in a Lifetime” :: Angélique Kidjo
10. “Colonizer” ::  tUnE-yArDs
9. “Everybody Wants To Be Famous” :: Superorganism
8. “Nobody” :: Mitski
7. “Sleep” :: Hatchie

6. “Mujeres” :: Y La Bamba

 

What will be my #1 favorite song of 2018?  You’ll have to wait with breathless anticipation for my final post with the top five songs of the year!

 

Favorite Songs by Year, 1973-2017

1973 1974 1975 1976
1977 1978 1979 1980
1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988
1989 1990 1991 1992
1993 1994 1995 1996
1997 1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015 2016
2017

 

2018 Year in Review: Favorite Albums


It’s the time of the year to list my favorite albums!  What follows are my ten favorite albums listed in alphabetical order by the artists.  Links in the album title go to my full review of the album.

Check out my lists of favorite albums from 20142016, and 2017 as well.


Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa by Jeremy Dutcher

Sugar & Spice by Hatchie

Remain in Light by Angélique Kidjo

Acrylic by Leikeli47

Roza Cruz by La Mecánica Popular 

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe

Orquesta Akokán by Orquesta Akokán

Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts

Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers