Bachelorette Bachelorette on LP
Visualize the music of Bachelorette beaming through distant star systems, gliding and bouncing through a matrix of coolly illuminated neural pathways. Yet, all the songs on her self-titled 2011 album were written on Earth: Radley, UK; Tripoli, Libya; Millwood, VA; Brooklyn, NYC and back home in Auckland, NZ. Annabel Alpers (the heart behind Bachelorette's machine) is no sky-bound jet-trash. Her eponymous set has a corporeal, sensual tangibility.
If you were a fan of the wildly under-heard Isolation Loops and My Electric Family, you will be touched and torched once again by her deep-space solitude and the soulful ache that radiates from her best songs to date. Alpers dreams the trappings of her electro psych pop - her melodies, her minimal lines of synth and harmony vocal - and then brings the complex shades of this vision into our world through her music. All of her world travels have seeped into her rich-toned amalgamation of sounds. When organic waves enter her work - as cathedral chimes did in Oxford - they return swathed in a lunar halo.
Bachelorette is epic from its very genesis. Hovering over a fluttering blanket of voices, a ghostly vision of the future is distilled with the same seductive inevitability of a Greek oracle in "Grow Old With Me." With the controls to her destiny thus programmed, Annabel gestures toward an alien visitation or is it an all-too-human introspection? Her metaphors are a strong tonic, entertaining with their surfaces while the sounds race to your heart. Bachelorette's great triumph is that her abundant pop melodies displace any heroic presumption associated with such a complex undertaking. Whether wandering through the labyrinth of your own consciousness or embarking on a journey through some segment of this terra, you will feel a kinship.
Recorded around the world and mixed by Nicholas Vernhes at Rare Book Room (Animal Collective, Baby Dee, Dirty Projectors) in Brooklyn, the tracks of Bachelorette are built on buzzing synth grooves, folky guitar strums, and the occasional snap of drums and percussion - aided and abetted by a whimsical, searching sense of instrumental color. We are then guided through the darkness of infinite space by Bachelorette's luminescent lead vocal.