Life is bewildering, confusing, painful, and then, sometimes it's totally beautiful. On Sugar & Spice, Hatchie turns every twist and turn that accompanies each day into a an actual dream world. The release feels like an adventure, a tunneling time-warp that places you in the starring role of your very own John Hughes film. And through it all, the singer provides positive reinforcement in the darkness, her glorious music serving as a reminder that you're not alone in any of the feelings that so often accompany heartbreak, and even crushing.
From the wistful romantically-inclined ideals and starry-eyed synths of opener "Sure" that question: "Do you even think about me?" to the soaring, sweetness of "Sleep" that has Hatchie inviting someone to visit her in dreams, Sugar & Spice plays out like you're on a dazzling dance floor, eyes closed, with only Hatchie's honeyed vocals to serve as your guide. Even the slowed down spaciness that accompanies a single of insomnia-fueled wondering on "Try" is a beautiful, dance party; keys echo in the distance like stars dotting a night sky, Hatchie's vocals turning from husky to airy.
In the EP's final moments, Hatchie lands one final emotional, but relatable blow with the closer "Bad Guy." It's the longest single on the release, but seemingly lasts the shortest, as the singer allows you to lose yourself in the emotions that accompany a single tackling subjects of regret and healing. Filled with stirring confessions, including, "I just wanted more from you/And what did you do?/I opened the door for you/And we couldn't move," and a gradual flourish of instrumentals, the track feels like a reckoning, a heavy weight that leaves you feeling fuzzy long after its final note plays out.
Whether you're pining after someone new or still trying to mend to a broken heart, Sugar & Spice is a temporary and needed escape from feelings.