Dust Into Champagne: A Bachelorette Interview
Annabel “Bachelorette” Alpers is back with a new album simply titled Bachelorette. This album finds Alpers engaging in lulling vocal layering that imbues the record with a sense of haunted warmth. There is a kind of innocence to Bachelorette, perhaps due to Alpers’ sometimes sweetly childlike vocals. Here, Alpers (described on her own label, Drag City’s website as a a “space case) talks a bit about the record.
ELM:What inspired you to do all the vocal layering on the record?
Bachelorette: I guess it was the same thing that inspired me to use a guitar on it. Songpower!
ELM: Who helped you made the record, and what did they contribute?
B: “guitars on ‘Grow Old With Me’ by Nick Guy, live drums and percussion on ‘Sugarbug’ and ‘Not Entertainment’ by Dino Karlis, bass on ‘Sugarbug’ and ‘The Last Boat’s Leaving’ by Andrew Bain, guitar excerpt on ‘Generous Spectre’ by Ruban Nielson, some beats on ‘Digital Brain’ taken from samples by Abram Morphew. Final mixes by Nicolas Vernhes and Annabel Alpers at Rare Book Room, Brooklyn, NY”
ELM: What is something about your musical style that might surprise people?
B:The Portland Symphony Orchestra wants to record a retrospective of my work.
ELM:Why don’t you use your real name? And how did you choose Bachelorette?
B:Well, Bachelorette’s the name of the band.
ELM:Your songs have such a surrealistic element to them that it’s hard for me to imagine where they come from. What inspires you, whether it’s music or your life or art?
B: My brain chemistry is a bit screwy. Maybe that has something to do with it.
ELM: What writers do you like?
B: I like Sylvia Plath and many other writers.
ELM:What are your hobbies aside from music?
B:Sorry, I’m not sure that I understand the question.
ELM:What is your live show like?
B: It’s pretty trippy.
ELM: Anything you do on tour to keep yourself sane?
B: Watch my new video.
ELM:How long have you dedicated yourself to music?
B:About the same amount of time that yurts have existed.
ELM: Where did you grow up, and how did that influence who you’ve become?
B: I grew up in Christchurch. Almost entirely.
ELM: Do you see yourself confronting any major issues through your music?
ELM: What would you like to see happen in the world of music in the next 20 years?
B: A Journey reunion with the original line up, playing all of Evolution.
ELM: Have you ever been asked to change anything in order to be more commercial?
ELM: If you went to college, where did you go and what did you study?
B: We don’t have colleges in New Zealand, we have Universities.
ELM:I think “Waveforms” is my favorite song on the record. What’s that about?
B: I’m glad you like it. It’s mostly about waveforms.
ELM: Who are your major role models (musical or not), and why?
B: Graham Jeffries.
ELM: Are you working on any new music now? If so, what’s it like?
B: No, I’m busy on tour so I’m not thinking about new funky stuff at the moment.