“Hachiku’s globe-trotting has made for more worldly pop, and her songs have a homespun feel that is both intimate and magical, assured and hard to pigeonhole.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Hachiku’s music sounds like if Wes Anderson recorded Beach House’s second record Devotion.” – The Music
“Her music is brave, bold and extremely well-crafted. Not only the sound and the production, but the writing, while innocent at times, evokes real and raw emotions. Hachiku may well be the Björk of the bedroom pop generation” – SXSW Music Preview
“There is nothing undercooked about this majestic piece of music, a haunting ethereal plod through raw emotion, with Ostendorf’s icy voice rhythmically plucking each syllable.” – The Guardian
Bedroom-producer Hachiku aka Anika Ostendorf returns today with her first original material of the year. The track ‘I’ll Probably Be Asleep’ is a dream-pop jam on yearning for other experiences & feelings with growling guitars, vigorous drum-machines, topped with gentle, omniscient vocals. It’s lifted off her forthcoming debut album of the same title also announced today and set for release on November 13th via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.
Of the track, Ostendorf says, “In essence, it is like an escapist’s testament about the wish to gain sovereignty over your thoughts. Freud’s id vs superego. The thought of wanting to be part of something but the idea of it being way more enticing than the reality. Musically I wanted it to sound like a chainsaw playing the lead melody in an organ ensemble. It’s the only song on the album that I recorded with the band and their parts really lift it from bedroom pop to stadium power rock.”
The track is accompanied by a video by director Roxie Halley who has worked on many of Hachiku‘s clips. “This being our fourth music video together, we have already established a really dreamy, theatrical and playful visual language, and I wanted to stay true to that. ‘I’ll Probably Be Asleep’ draws on the camp, colourful and psychedelic visuals of cult 70’s horror, while dealing with honest emotional themes at its core” says Halley.
Originally from Germany, 26-year old Ostendorf moved to Australia from London as a biology exchange student. In Melbourne, she found both a job and music community at Milk! Records and expanded her bedroom project into a band. Since releasing her self-titled debut EP in 2017, Hachiku has taken her catchy melodies, highly tasteful, textural guitar playing and shimmering walls of sound across the world touring with the likes of Courtney Barnett, The Breeders, Jose Gonzales, Jen Cloher and Snail Mail, Stella Donnelly, Aldous Harding and Hand Habits across the US, EU and Australia.