Bachelorette (New Zealand)

Annabel Alpers plays to space folk, champion’s comfortable underwear and finds herself indirectly responsible for the death of baby sheep.

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Annabel Alpers is the one-woman-show behind Bachelorette; the self styled, DIY ambassador funded her own debut tour of the states and has since gone on to receive record company backing. Her sound can amongst other things be described as a whimsical computer simulation from a 1950s space obsessed musician/scientist living and loving in the present day. Uplifting choral electronica pop, sung in solo layers to create a rather floaty over-current and sewn together with brass and synthetic bass lines. 

Q&A
What's…
… your description of your sound?
Psychedelic computer pop... space folk...

… so special about you, then?
Umm... I get absorbed in making sounds on the computer - you might say it's obsessive.  Is that somehow special?

… your tip for 2009?
Be kind to your pet and feed it healthy food.

… your favorite website?
Particletracks I'm biased (it's not finished yet, mind).

… your favourite piece of clothing?
My green velvet bomber jacket, which I lost after a show and never found again.

… your worst fashion secret?
Comfortable undies

… your dream musical collaboration?
Panda Bear

… the name of your hero?
John Lennon

… so special about your hero?
Everything about him was cool. Not that the word does him justice.  He just had the greatest musical style and attitude.  All his songs were brilliant - I can't think of one that I don't love (pre 1972 that is).  I read a book called "Off The Record" which is compiled only of quotes from the Beatles and those around them.  Everything John Lennon said, and everything that was said about him, just can't be faulted. He was an amazing guy.  

… your karaoke song?
"Helpless" by Neil Young.

… the best piece of advice you've heard?
Get a haircut.

… the one thing you’d kill for?
One thing I do kill for is roast lamb. Maybe twice a year I'm indirectly responsible for the death of a young sheep.

… your vision of the future?
It's a bit dark really:  Too many people crawling on the surface of the planet, killing everything.  I'd like to have a happier vision, but I don't see how it could happen without a whole chunk of us disappearing, which isn't happy.  The fact is that at some point a whole lot of us will be wiped out.  All I can really hope for is that we all treat each other well in the meantime.

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