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Bachelorette Blossoms

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 19, 2009 5:15PM

Photo by Louise Clifton
Annabel Alpers is Bachelorette and she's crafted one of the most entrancing albums we've heard this year. We hear praise heaped upon her like minded contemporaries like Bat For Lashes and Polly Scattergood, but while they are producing gauzy half-baked stabs at art-pop, Alpers is creating inventive soundscapes to surround her bewitching vocals.

One can easily succumb to the aural pleasures of her new disc, My Electric Family. Twirling loops and hypnotic vocals work to create a lattice that springs up around the listener eventually trapping them with Alpers' aural wiles. Previous Bachelorette albums at times felt slightly cold to us, but the addition of broader analog instrumentation helps erasse any danger of that sense of isolation from creeping into the proceedings. The result is one of our favorite albums of the year thus far.

Ayers hails from New Zealand so trips stateside are few and far between, so tomorrow night's show at Hideout is the equivalent of the rare blossoming of a midnight rose. Make sure you're there to fall under her spell.

MP3: Bachelorette ""Mindwarp"

Bachelorette plays tomorrow, June 20, at Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 9 p.m., $10, 21+