PREMIERE: Hattie Oates crafts a brooding and immersive sonic universe on ‘BAD’

There’s something deeply hypnotic about the music of Hattie Oates. The Tamworth-based artist crafts tunes that feel equal parts vibrant and melancholic—they’re grounded in rich and emotive themes, but are lifted to exciting sonic heights by dynamic and unexpected production.

With the release of her new single BAD, Oates continues to establish her incredible penchant for crafting dark and immersive sonic gems. If you’re not already listening to this artist, we strongly recommend you change that.

On her new single BAD, Tamworth-based artist Hattie Oates crafts a dark and spell-binding slice of soulful alt-pop brilliance.

Throughout the new single, Hattie Oates glides through a mesmerising blend of alt-pop and dark soul, delivering a sound uniquely her own. With deep, resonant vocal hooks and stunning, glassy production, BAD is a slick slice of music that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling spell-bound.

Across its three-and-a-half-minute run-time, the track navigates myriad sonic territories—it moves between a variety of sonic areas, never sitting in one place for too long. The track begins with an eerie heartbeat-like pounding, before layers of clicks, synths, and vocal melodies create an incredibly textured soundscape.

The synthetic percussion is a standout here. Reminiscent of anti-pop heroes like Lorde and Lana, each beat is carefully placed, reverberating through your mind and body.

By the time the track reaches its conclusion, you’ll be left completely transfixed by Hattie Oates’ brooding blend of sounds.

BAD is the latest in a string of consistently great releases from this Tamworth artist, and judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.