About the Artist

In early 2008, Annabel Alpers, aka Bachelorette, funded her first, and ultimately groundbreaking, US tour.



Annabel is from New Zealand but currently based on the east coast of the USA. She cut her teeth in cult bands such as Christchurch's psychedelic surf outfit Hawaii Five-O, Space Dust and the Hiss Explosion.

Bachelorette released her debut 7-track EP "The End of Things" in August, 2005 on Auckland's Arch Hill Recordings. The EP was a largely solo affair with an intimate, minimalist, sheepishly hand-made sound, involving guest contributions from Auckland-based drummer Andrea Holmes (Fang, Sleeper's Union) and Christchurch-based guitarist Mick El Borado (Space Dust).

In early 2006 Annabel hid herself away in a small hut by the sea, in Canterbury New Zealand, and recorded Isolation Loops - Bachelorette's first full album - which was released in New Zealand in late 2006 and in Australia, on Mistletone Records, in mid 2007. The listening experience of Isolation Loops has been described as a kind of lonely 'island universe', exploring themes of isolation, longing and space, using both electronic and acoustic instruments in a home-made setting. Isolation Loops was praised by critics for its originality and for the richness of its melodies, harmonies and textures.

Perhaps as a reaction to the intense solitude of Isolation Loops, Alpers involved more guest musicians on Bachelorette's second L.P. 'My Electric Family', making a more 'musically socialised' sounding album than before. In 2008, Annabel camped out at yet another New Zealand beach house, this time at Otaki Beach, to write and record My Electric Family. To escape the solitude, she made trips into Wellington on weekends to record with friends Dino Karlis and Craig Terris (drums), Tom Watson (guitar) and Andrew Bain (bass). My Electric Family was released in May 2009 by Drag City Records in the USA and Europe, Mistletone Records in Australia, and by Particle Tracks in NZ.

Bachelorette's third L.P. is to be released in May 2011. Annabel worked on it between tours of the US and Europe in 2010, in locations as diverse as Tripoli (Libya), Oxford (UK), Berlin (Germany), rural Virginia and Brooklyn (USA)


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My Electric Family

Pitchfork Review, Bachelorette: My Electric Family [Drag City; 2009]........7.5 "However opaque some of her ideas, Annabel Alpers is transparent when it comes to album titles. The New Zealander's last release ...