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Hatchie Wants More Than To Be "Adored" On New Single

Fresh off the release of her Sugar & Spice EP, Harriet Pilbeam’s project Hatchie surprised us with a familiar face; the relatable, internal conflict of never-ending dissatisfaction.

As a strong Hatchie lover from the start, you could probably assume my excitement when I heard about the release of their new single “Adored.” Keeping up with the relationship theme and dreamy pop sound of Sugar and Spice, this Adult Swim single is nothing short of exceeding my expectations.

The song starts with a familiar instrumental intro most similar to the style of “Sleep” and “Sure” from Sugar & Spice. The dominant instrumentals pull back to let the chorus lead into the meat of the song— “I don’t want to be adored. I want more." She explores feelings of never achieving lasting satisfaction, even when her life seems perfect. We all want more than we have, and that feeling is impossible to escape.

The single was accompanied by a music video; a live performance of “Adored” in Seattle, Washington, recorded back in September of this year. I had the pleasure of seeing Hatchie perform this song at Middle Waves Music Festival in Fort Wayne on September 15th, just three days before this music video was shot. Because I was so familiar with Hatchie’s discography, I remember being excited to hear something I didn’t know all the words to. "Adored" won't be on Hatchie upcoming album, as she announced on Instagram, but it's a sign to her growing style and talent.

Hatchie’s signature elements creep into “Adored” with every line. They utilize dreamy synths over and over alongside complementary guitar riffs. There’s that same stream-of-consciousness, diary-like songwriting that makes us feel so connected to their music. Hatchie never fails to keep our hearts on their toes, and this single is just proof of that.

Hatchie’s music has managed to be both consistent and changing in the best way. Their sound has grown into something beautiful these last few months, and they are absolutely one of the bands I am most excited to see develop into even bigger and better things.


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