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  • Summary: The five-track EP from the Australian dream pop artist Harriette Pilbeam was produced by John Castle.
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  1. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    Sugar & Spice cements her as the modern day successor to dream pop titans Cocteau Twins from the get-go.
  2. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    You can tick off a number of dream-pop heavyweights as influences here: Lush and Cocteau Twins, whose Robin Guthrie remixed "Sure," immediately come to mind. But Pillbeam makes the sound her own, putting heavy emphasis on the pop side of things via a brilliant synth sheen. Yet it's her ability to wring emotional drama out of rote subject matter that makes these songs so special.
  3. Jun 14, 2018
    75
    When it comes to writing breathless love songs with hooks that rival those of alt-pop idols like Carly Rae Jepsen and Sky Ferreira--both of whom she’s cited as influence--Pilbeam is a prodigy. ... But Pilbeam sounds more distinctive when she’s leaning into bluntness than when she’s reaching for the rarefied heights of poetry.
  4. Jun 14, 2018
    70
    Throughout, Sugar & Spice shimmers with the glitz of Brisvegas and the energy of an artist who refuses to be defined.
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