16 May 2011

One-woman electronic New Zealander Annabel Alpers aka Bachelorette's new album out now...


Annabel Alpers aka Bachelorette first came to our attention a year or so ago, when a friend who works at Radio New Zealand pinged some MP3's over our way. Since then we've embarrassed ourselves by approaching Annabel after a gig at Dalston's Cafe Oto, complete with red-wine-teeth, to babble on about how much we like her music and that we played Donkey on the radio once. Live, she's surrounded by CRT monitors which create a visual treat of waveforms as Annabel plays along on various instruments. 

Now, and with a PR company behind her self-titled new album, the New Zealander finds herself living on the east coast of the US and facing a mini blog storm of reaction to the record. It's everything we love about Bachelorette - whirling, whizzing, thumping synthesisers and Annabel's quirky vocals lilting over the pounding soundscapes she single-handedly comes up with on every track. With a post-graduate in computer-based composition at the Universities of Canterbury and Auckland behind her... rest assured she does this all VERY well. 

Stand outs include the ethereal loveliness of Blanket (above) and round the camp fire sing-a-long The Light Seekers, the wah-wah's and shoe-shoe's of The Last Boat Is Leaving and the casual whistling on Tui Tui. Souterrain Transmissions releases the album on Monday 16 May. Go and purchase!


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