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Hachiku - I'll Probably Be Asleep album review

Hachiku
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HACHIKU
I'll Probably Be Asleep
MILK! / REMOTE CONTROL

There’s a gorgeous undercurrent of ethereality that ripples through Hachiku’s endearing and dynamic (if a tad on the short side) debut. But it’s crucial, here, not to mistake delicateness for simplicity: the soundscapes on display swell and soar with mountainous highs and harrowing lows – the focal point is always Anika Ostendorf’s honeyed and heartfelt vocal melodies, but peer beyond and you’ll see a forest of bustling musical foliage. 

Guitars simmer along with a warbly psych-rock warmth that beautifully accompanies the bright, glittery keys in the foreground; they’re understated, but play their role perfectly. The chemistry can feel a bit kitschy at times, but that’s part of the charm to Hachiku’s vibe: it’s supposed to be a little jagged around the edges, like a diamond necklace with a rusted chain. 

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Matt Doria is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Their bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (on which they also serve as Editor), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Their go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, they only picked up after they’d joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Matt was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped them see the light…