In a relatively short amount of time, Australian tunesmithstress, Harriette Pilbeam, has made plenty of international waves with her Hatchie material. The reason? It’s very good.

Her particular brand of pop music is a rhythmic, lifting and 90s-embracing nod to carefree, happier days and with a brace of joyous breakthrough singles such as ‘Try’, ‘Sure’ and ‘Sugar & Spice’ under her belt, Pilbeam has borrowed the latter’s name for the title of her debut EP, which is released on Heavenly Recordings this week. The 405’s bite-size review of the record is this: you’ll struggle to find a better collection of tracks with such a spring in their step this season.

Here Hatchie answers our Things You Should Know About My Debut EP questionnaire to bring you a handy guide to Sugar & Spice.

If I had to summarise Sugar & Spice in one sentence, it would be…

Scratching the surface of the unlimited feelings involved in my first love.

The first song I wrote to perform as Hatchie was…

‘Sugar & Spice’ – but only the lyrics. The first song I wrote in full, which made me decide to start Hatchie, was ‘Try’.

My working routine on this EP involved…

For some songs, many nights hunched over my desk deliberating over specific lyrics, chord changes, bridges, harmonies, synth sounds. For other songs, having a light-bulb moment and writing the whole thing as it came to me over an afternoon.

My favourite part of the recording process was when…

I recorded the vocals for ‘Bad Guy’. It just felt like everything was falling into place and I was finally satisfied with how it sounded. I initially wasn’t so sure it belonged on the EP because it originally stuck out from the other songs (to me anyways), but once we got the vocals down I felt like everything fit together perfectly.

The song that has evolved the most between its initial version and the finished EP version is…

Probably ‘Sleep’ – my original demo was slower, lower and less poppy. I’m really happy with how bright it turned out, but listening back to the demo it was a lot moodier and laid back.

The song that took the longest to nail down was…

‘Sure’, only because we recorded it between home and a studio in Brisbane, then we worked back and forth with John [producer John Castle] via email on the mixing because we were in different cities and didn’t have time to get down to Melbourne to work with him in person. I’m really bad at explaining the tweaks I want so sometimes it takes a few mixes to get all the little details exactly how I want them.

I knew Sugar & Spice was finished and ready to go when…

We finally nailed ‘Bad Guy’ live and I knew it needed to be on record with the other tracks.

The song I am most attached to on the EP is…

‘Sugar & Spice’ because it has the most personal lyrics that bring back vivid memories.

From the five tracks on the EP, the one I’m most excited about performing live is…

‘Bad Guy’ because it shows the softer side of my writing.

The lyric I am most proud of on the EP is…

“The brightest stars burn out the fastest, but maybe we could still outlast it all” from ‘Sugar & Spice’.

Sugar & Spice is out on Heavenly on 25 May 2018.