Summer is here and with it brings my most anticipated album for 2019; Hatchie’s first full length entitled “Keepsake”. I’ve been a fan of Hatchie since last year’s EP “Sugar and Spice” and have eaten up every single that was slowly released pending the new album. I pre-ordered this as soon as it was available and listened to it in its entirety on the release date. While this does stand out as a complete album, I will admit that it took me a little while to process it as a whole due to the way that the singles had come out. I had absolutely selected a favourite from the three tracks that were released prior to the full length which were; “Without a Blush”, “Stay with Me”, and “Obsessed”. “Stay with Me” was the standout favourite of those singles; however, upon processing the album as a whole,
I have a new favourite looking at it from that perspective.
This album seems to be a love letter though at times a bit of a tragic one. There are themes that point to a troubled love story though it does feel as if some of those issues that may have been present within the content of the lyrics do get worked out towards the end of the album. And let’s be honest – every relationship has its highs and lows, ups and downs; points where each participant spends plenty of time looking deeper into both themselves and the intentions of their partner.
“Her Own Heart” seems to be a song about letting yourself open up and be vulnerable when you’re afraid of letting your feelings be out on display. It also spoke to me in reference to needing the balance in a partnership to continue to be yourself and not getting lost in codependency when entering into a love affair.
“Unwanted guest”, which is my favourite track of the entire album, has a secret love affair vibe. My favourite lyrics from this one state; “Put me on your list of hearts to haunt, I’ll haunt you back. We were never meant to last this long; I’ll give you that.”
If you’re looking for a romantic introspective album that includes catchy hooks, sing-along lyrics, and dreampop goodness; look no further for this album has all of that. Hatchie seems to be going through a lot in her personal life regarding relationships and bless her soul for being able to capture it so beautifully.