Sugar Spice HatchieI like my pop music like I like my popcorn – a little bit sweet and a little bit salty. Brisbane songwriter Harriette Pilbeam provides both on her new EP Sugar & Spice.

Centered around themes of love (sometimes unrequited), desire and helplessness, the handful of shoegaze-soaked tracks are full of sparkling melodies, sassiness and honesty, led by Pilbeam’s dreamy vocal that sits somewhere between HAIM and Beach House.

Opener Sure explores the collapse of a poisonous relationship, the nostalgic ’80s synths in Sleep tussle with euphoria and vulnerability, while title track Sugar & Spice has Pilbeam optimistically dreaming of recourse in a waning relationship: “But maybe we could still outlast it,” she sings over fuzzed-out guitars. Debut single Try is an intimate diary entry, and album closer Bad Guy is a hypothetical prophecy of the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Sugar & Spice EP is out May 25 via Ivy League.

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