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Brand new indie rock band Bachelor, the duo project by Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner, have given us another preview of their upcoming debut LP Doomin’ Sun with the release of the song ‘Sick of Spiraling’.

“Sick of Spiraling is one of the last songs we wrote and recorded together in Topanga,” the duo say in a press release. “Both of us initially tried to play drums on the song but the groove wasn’t right so we enlisted help from James Krivchenia. He came over for a day and drummed on a few songs on the record, he really brought this song to life with his unique style. Ellen had the riff in her voice memos for a while and had originally imagined it as a slow kinda melancholic song. Once we got together and listened back to the riff we heard it a whole new way as an upbeat driving song. After that Ellen wrote lyrics inspired by driving on tour and the rush and anxiety of being completely untethered and unprotected on the open road.”

The palpable sense of menace is established with the opening lines “Walking alone at night/Clutching a cheap gas station knife/But the danger is in the car/Who couldn’t see me, it was too dark”. The near-death hit and run becomes a metaphor for the anxieties of a relationship where the mutual leaning on someone else leaves both parties scared out of their collective minds. This meditation on codependency comes courtesy of a laid back alt-rocker with a guitar line I swear I’ve heard in an episode of Spongebob. The second I heard it, a synapse fired in my brain that hadn’t been fired for at least a decade.

The band’s previous single’s, ‘Stay in the Car’, as well as their song ‘Anything At All’, along with their newest release. Bachelor is going on our first tour this year IF touring happens (hopefully) supporting Lucy Dacus.

Check out the official audio for ‘Sick of Spiraling’ Doomin’ Sun will be released on May 28th

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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Palehound (Ellen Kempner) and Jay Som (Melina Duterte) have joined forces for a new project, Bachelor, and shared their first single together via Polyvinyl, “Anything At All.” According to a press release, the two musicians began writing and recording together in pre-quarantine 2020, and they wrote, performed, and produced their new single entirely on their own.

“Anything At All” begins with sticky bass lines and steady cymbal hits, met with sparse moments of synth and clever lyrical imagery comparing a menacing adversary to a spider. Later, the track transitions into a swelling moment of head-bobbing instrumentation (in addition to a powerful guitar solo) while its infectious chorus rings out. The duo state in a press release: “We’re so excited to finally share this song with y’all and announce our new band! We’ve been dear friends and huge fans of each other for years and were lucky enough to get to work together in January 2020 before quarantine. We feel that ‘Anything At All’ is an even blend of our tastes and writing styles and to release it feels very hopeful and joyous to us.”

In related news, Palehound has a livestream event, a concert to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their cancelled US tour supporting Black Friday,

The last show Palehound played was at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco on March 11th 2020, halfway through a tour that felt like a blissful dream. Though news of the pandemic shone through our phones and the venue provided hand washing instructions to the lyrics of our songs, we had no idea that night would be the last time we’d play that setlist live. Since returning from tour, Ellen moved to upstate NY and started to work at a recording studio in Stanfordville NY called the Chicken Shack, owned and operated by Nick Kinsey. Back in October, we decided to make a video of us performing the set and decided to do it at the studio so we’d get a great recording of it. We’ve been sitting on it for a minute but it seems right to release it now around the year anniversary of our tour being cancelled. We really miss playing with each other and playing like for y’all and this feels like the closest we can get to that for now.

“Anything At All” is the debut single from Jay Som & Palehound’s new joint project, Bachelor, out now on Polyvinyl Records, Lucky Number, and Milk! Records.