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Bachelorette’s music radiates to us through a universe of unconquered pop music, where long beams of sunlight extend to infinity, and blue moons rise wistfully in the deep purple expanse. She stands in the cradle of modern songwriting, that of psychedelic pop music. The sense of infinite possibility felt in those songs, the desire to manipulate a collective sensation to become anything at all, informs Bachelorette’s journey. The psych vibe shimmers in an acousto-synthetic haze, not really overt, so completely are those long-ago verses absorbed in her DNA. Her impulses are fed into a format that rhymes couplets over dancing beats, voices, keyboards, and a variety of guitars and percussions to create the melodic constructs we know so well, and delight in, and sing along with, and imagine to. Tasty candy-like approximations, sweet and sour, billowing and knife-like, here for our pleasure.
My Electric Family (Drag City, 2009) may be your introduction to Bachelorette but this the third Bachelorette record (the EP “The End of Things” and the Isolation Loops album) and also the most topically focused. Her song structures are traditionally examinations of love and longing, the exploration of self versus self and in relation to the surrounding, silent universe. The songs of My Electric Family emphasize a particular fascination: the meeting of man and machine. We built them in our image, they’re the more perfect us. Now we look to them looking at us. This is another kind of relationship.
Oft-understated beginnings give way to soaring harmonic crescendo, incorporating multi-tracked sounds, backing vocals, brass, string and tympanic instruments, encompassing listeners in the dream-like capsule Alpers has painstakingly crafted, moment by moment.
‘The End of Things’ EP, was released in 2005; Isolation Loops in 2007.