Hatchie: 5 Albums That Changed My Life
Brisbane, Australia’s Hatchie shares some albums that changed her in advance of her new EP, Sugar & Spice, out May 25.
This was so difficult to write because I’ve had so many different periods of being really affected and influenced by albums, artists and genres. I chose to stick with albums that I have really distinct memories of listening to for the first time that influenced me personally rather than choosing albums that influenced my writing the most.
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Carole King, Tapestry
I remember listening to this album when I was really young before I had any real understanding of love. Carole always writes such beautiful, tender lyrics and melodies that will stick with me forever. I think I have this album to thank for my love of harmonies and countermelodies. She was the first example of a strong female writer for me; I really admire people who can balance strength and vulnerability. I love that she’s had such an extensive career writing both for herself and other artists.
Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
This was the first modern album I listened to that wasn’t played on mainstream radio (at least in Australia) and the first British band I was obsessed with. I guess I probably related to the bratty vibes as a 13-year-old.
I’d really only been listening to music my parents were into or mainstream American pop music before this album came out. I haven’t revisited it for years or listened to any of their other albums, but it opened up a door to darker, grittier, moodier music for me, so I can’t skip over it.
This album also came at a perfect time for me; I heard it a year out of high school. It made me feel really excited about joining a band and made me want to strive to achieve much more. I think it was also when I was getting deep into Teenage Fanclub, so it was cool to find a band that was doing a similar mixture of catchy pop writing and fuzzy production.
Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas
It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite album of Cocteau Twins. I distinctly
remember the first CT song I ever took notice of being ‘Lorelei,’ but HOLV is the
album that completely stopped me in my tracks. I’d listened to the obvious, noisy
shoegaze bands like MBV and Slowdive in my teens, but hadn’t really been
introduced to huge dreampop sounds like this. It made me loop back around and
have a better appreciation of shoegaze albums that hadn’t really captured me as
much before. This is an album that has obviously influenced my music a lot, and
it also led me to other favorite albums of mine by bands like the Sundays and
Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
This album got me back into pop music after kind of abandoning it for more ‘serious’ music for a while. It made me realize pop music can totally be taken seriously. Anyone can write a pop song but it takes skill to write a GREAT pop song with intelligence, and this album is full of them. Music can be fun and thought-provoking at the same time!
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