BACHELORETTE with SERENITY COURT and PIKELET at the Pike Room

FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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New Zealand's BACHELORETTE is a one-woman band consisting of Annabel Alpers, who recorded her astonishing songs of loss, longing, astronomy and physics phenomena during a long winter in a remote South Island cottage. Right from the get-go, it's clear that she's a special talent. … Alpers never lets her cleverness with a lyric or her playfully nostalgic-sounding synthesisers get in the way of the emotional core of these great songs, which ring with a certain universality while claiming a genuinely new corner of New Zealand musical iconography. On songs like "Complex History of a Dying Star", Alpers' imagination makes most songwriters seem like dullards. A brilliant album that proves isolation can be good for you. Quietly psychedelic, the quavery vocal harmonies, wheezy synthesisers and attic-salvaged stringed instruments are layered with a shy urgency, a breathtaking tangle of dreaminess and directness… slow oscillations between intimacy and abstraction…. Having understood the implications of technology – electricity having made us all angels, etcetera – she’s fractured herself into a girl-group of one, clouds of ah-ah-ahs and shoo-wop shoo-wops both underscoring and distracting from her tales of gravitational and hormonal pull.

With SERENITY COURT and PIKELET.

 

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