BACHELOR – ” Doomin’ Sun “

Posted: March 28, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound) are Bachelor. Written and recorded in Topanga, CA over the course of two weeks in January of 2020, pre-pandemic, their debut album “Doomin’ Sun” is a record steeped in friendship.

Creating the space to explore significant themes from queerness to climate change, the collection also finds Bachelor experiencing pure, unadulterated joy: the kind of joy that can only come from creating, laughing, and having a ridiculous amount of fun with a close friend. 

Written after a real-life encounter, “Stay in the Car” is a visceral experience. It’s heavy, it absolutely rips. “Stay in the Car” is a kickass, bass-heavy yearning portrait of a woman outside a supermarket. Sometimes desire is a slow burn and sometimes it hits you like a ton of bricks in a parking lot. 

Last month we announced Palehound’s Ellen Kempner and Jay Som’s Melina Duterte new collaborative project Bachelor and shared their first single “Anything At All” to critical acclaim. The duo have announced their debut album Doomin’ Sun arriving May 28th. 

Written and recorded in Topanga, CA over the course of two weeks in January of 2020, pre-pandemic, Doomin’ Sun is a record steeped in friendship. Kempner and Duterte hybridized their individual song writing talents, producing a collection that slips between moods with ease and showcases their lyrical prowess. While the album features collaborations with the likes of Big Thief’s Buck Meek and James Krivchenia, as well as Duterte’s partner and Routine-counterpart Annie Truscott of Chastity Belt, the record was largely made by the two musicians in isolation as a fitting precursor to the forthcoming year. Creating the space to explore significant themes from queerness to climate change, the collection also finds Bachelor experiencing pure, unadulterated joy: the kind of joy that can only come from creating, laughing, and having a ridiculous amount of fun with a close friend. 

Pre-order your limited edition Early Bird copy on Cloudy Orange vinyl (limited to 500) from the Polyvinyl Store before they sell out. Snag a test pressing copy with 10% of proceeds going to For the Gworls. Doomin’ Sun includes “Anything at All,” Bachelor’s debut single, which was shared in February 

Alongside today’s album news is a brand new single and official music video “Stay in the Car” directed & edited by Haoyan of America. Kempner explains, “I wrote the lyrics to ‘Stay In the Car’ back in December of 2019 when I was in Florida for my partner’s top surgery. I had run out one afternoon, post op, while he was healing to grab lunch for us and as I was gathering my stuff in the parking lot, a big car pulled up and this absolutely beautiful woman got out. She was dressed all in red, dripping with jewellry and had the most wild fiery mane I’d ever seen. She was yelling at the man behind the wheel asking him what he wanted from the store and I wished I was that man. I wanted to be a part of her life, her best friend, her driver, whatever she wanted me to be. I was completely mesmerized.” 

Duterte continues, “We wanted this song to be a visceral listening experience, inspired by The Pixies and The Breeders. For the music video, we worked on a two-day shoot with Haoyan of America in Poughkeepsie in extremely cold weather. We all collaborated on the idea that our friendship should be portrayed in a fun and stylish way. Haoyan captured that energy in his own unique and creative lens through his collection of 80s/90s/00s props and toys, CGI, and anything car-themed.” 

Limited edition Early Bird copy on Cloudy Orange vinyl (limited to 500) from the Polyvinyl Store before they sell out.

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