Bachelorette is tinkering space-pop chanteuse Annabel Alpers. Starting out in Christchurch venting teen frustration in a “crappy” band called Mouse fortunately things soon got better. Playing keys, guitars and vocals in the much underrated Hawaii Five-O (popular for their psychedelic surf sounds & country tinged old school rock’n’roll) they supported Stereolab at the Lumiere Theatre and performed memorable shows in Auckland & Dunedin. An unreleased album called We Came From Coal was recorded, winning an award for best unreleased single at the 1999 b-net awards. While in Hawaii Five-O, Annabel also played organ & guitar in underground noise specialists Space Dust & the Hiss Explosion respectively.
Following travels around Asia, Annabel pursued music studies at the University of Auckland. Accessing the University’s, Marcus & Nik from the Undercurrents’, and her own studios, she pieced together her unique and — until now — private sound. Bachelorette features a collection of vintage synthesisers, drum machines, real drums, bass, guitars and whatever’s lying around the bedroom floor that day. Vocal layered electro synth pop with a hint of country thrown in for good measure; if you like krautrock, Stereolab, or Dunedin’s Cloudboy, then it’s likely you will like Bachelorette.
These days Bachelorette is out of the bedroom, playing live. Annabel says “that’s what Bachelorette’s all about — playing with yourself”. Bachelorette’s heralded international debut LP My Electric Family enhanced electronic pulses, synthesizers and gorgeous vocal harmonies with extensive live drumming, brass, guitar, bass and pedal steel, seamlessly flowing from psychedelic pop to dance grooves to entrancing sci-folk lullaby.
Busy gigging with Animal Collective, Beach House, Joanna Newsom and her own European tours, Annabel was touted as one of ten artists to watch.
Check her website here; particletracks.com