Hachiku have today shared a steamy new video for latest single ‘Murray’s Lullaby,‘ out now viaMilk!Records / Remote Control Records.Having just returned from a sold out tour of the Europe and U.K. opening for Jen Cloher, you can catch them heating up a stage in celebration of the single’s launch on Friday March 2nd at the John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne
Ever wondered what it’s like to wear silk pyjamas and socks in a sauna? Hachiku’s Anika Ostendorfdoes just that in their new video for ‘Murray’s Lullaby,‘ which is slick in every other meaning apart from ‘cool.’ Set within the dripping wet walls of a sauna radiating at 52 degrees, Anika gradually, uncomfortably succumbs to the heat of her own perspiration. Soon joined by her bandmates, the video dives, pore-first, into a world of sweat and hot air, and is the most fun you can have in a sauna without passing out.
It’s not all fun and flame though, as Anika explains, “Jessie, Georgia and Simon are your semi-normal sauna visitors (if you ignore the chest shaving) while I am almost invisible to them and slowly melting away in the background. We are in one room together but might as well be on separate planets. I like how (director) Julia managed to symbolise and capture the agony of a long distance relationship and combine it with a subtle sense of humour that makes it all a little bit more bearable.”
Hachiku is the brainchild of 23 year old German songwriter and producer Anika Ostendorf, who records her home-made dream pop from whichever bedroom she is currently inhabiting. ‘Murray’s Lullaby’ was written and recorded in regional Queensland while Ostendorf was completing 3 months of farm work – a requirement for her Australian visa. While it was a busy creative time, it was a difficult one personally. The single marks the first time Ostendorf has collaborated with a mix engineer, enlisting the talents of Tim Shiel (Double J, Gotye).
Since the release of Hachiku’s self-titled debut EP in 2017 through Milk! Records, Ostendorf found a home and 4 piece band in Melbourne. A residency at the Tote last year saw their dance card fill up in 2017, playing shows with Aldous Harding, Japanese Breakfast, Camp Cope and Fazerdaze as well as their first national tour with Saskwatch.