Whitney – For A While
FOR A WHILE
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Hatchie shares a lyric video for “Giving The World Away,” the title track and new single from her anticipated new album, Giving The World Away. The album, produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Japanese Breakfast, Sky Ferriera), is available for pre-order now and due April 22nd via Secretly Canadian.
“‘Giving The World Away’ is about being gentle with yourself in the throes of depression,” says Hatchie. “We made a simple lyric video with analogue effects to let the lyrics of the song speak for themselves.”
Last month Hatchie announced the album and released a video for lead single “Quicksand,” which was co-written by Olivia Rodrigo collaborator Dan Nigro. PAPER Magazine called the track “a total headrush of a pop song that crystallizes self-doubt into dazzling anthemia,” with Nylon saying, “if there’s more like this coming up, then we’ve got a feeling that 2022 is going to be Hatchie’s year.”
Hatchie is hitting the road this summer on a North American tour that kicks off on May 4th in Washington D.C. Tour highlights include Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on May 7th, Sleeping Village in Chicago on May 14th and the Lodge Room in Los Angeles on May 26th. All dates below.
05/04/22 – Washington, D.C. – Songbyrd Record Cafe
05/05/22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
05/06/22 – Somerville, MA – Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre
05/07/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/09/22 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
05/10/22 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
05/12/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
05/13/22 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
05/14/22 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
05/15/22 – St Paul, MN – Turf Club
05/19/22 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
05/20/22 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
05/21/22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
05/23/22 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
05/25/22 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
05/26/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Giving The World Away, the second full-length from Hatchie, is the truest introduction to the songwriter. Although her sound arrived fully-formed, a dazzling dream-pop and shoegaze tangle, it’s here that she distills the core of herself into a record. “There’s more to me than just writing songs about being in love or being heartbroken — there’s a bigger picture than that,” Hatchie explains. “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.”
For Hatchie, that bigger picture explored here includes confronting her anxieties after decades of compartmentalisation; realizing her own self-confidence and self-esteem; taking control of her own narrative, and her place in both her professional and personal life. On Giving the World Away, she held herself to higher standards, especially with personal lyrical precision. At the time she started working on it, she was caught in a strange headspace. When 2018 EP Sugar & Spice and subsequent debut LP Keepsake both arrived to critical acclaim and catapulted Hatchie into an international spotlight, she felt both unsure of herself and an intense, self-imposed pressure to keep going forward. Trapped in constant motion, Hatchie was unable to be present or appreciative of herself, both professionally and personally.
Produced by Jorge Elbrecht, recently Grammy-nominated and known for his work with Sky Ferreira, Japanese Breakfast, and Wild Nothing, Giving the World Away is Hatchie’s most thunderous, sprawling work yet. Featuring intensive input from longtime Hatchie collaborator Joe Agius, it takes the celestial, shimmering shoegaze and pop sensibilities of her earlier releases, but with the volume knob cranked up tenfold. Built out with percussion from Beach House drummer James Barone, it’s synthed-out, sonic opulence, a more structured and ornate musicality with traces of ‘90s trip-hop and acid house influences.
Hatchie initially intended for these songs to go in a higher-energy direction — she had the distinct vision of a Hatchie show turned dance party, inviting more movement and vibrancy into her live shows. But then, between Covid and the lockdowns in Australia, Hatchie retreated more into herself, and that introspection and self-discovery served as the true inspiration for the record. Again and again across Giving the World Away, she returns to that same theme – dismantling internalized shame and finding gratitude and steadiness, and finally being able to trust herself. Hatchie grew up the youngest in her family, a self-described “big baby,” but says the last year and a half gave her the space to understand herself better. After years of emotional avoidance, here she excavates her fears fully.
Giving the World Away is an album about self-confidence, about reclamation, about the strange time in young adulthood where you begin to finally be able to see yourself clearly. Incisive and probing, Giving the World Away is the clearest look at Hatchie yet, and a relic of the power and bravery that spring forth from embracing vulnerability and putting your heart on the line.
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