BACHELOR (Jay Som’s Melina Duterte & Palehound’s Ellen Kempner) Debut album Doomin’ Sun is out now! Share new video for ‘Back Of My Hand’ Doomin’ Sun Fest Livestream + Telethon announced

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BACHELOR (Jay Som's Melina Duterte & Palehound's Ellen Kempner) Debut album Doomin' Sun is out now! Share new video for 'Back Of My Hand' Doomin' Sun Fest Livestream + Telethon announced
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Praise for Bachelor

“two slow-burn songwriters who sound like they compounded each other’s daring on their first single, ‘Anything at All’…the track continually builds and bristles, starting with a skulking bass line and peaking with an onslaught of frenetic guitars.” – The New York Times

“The songs combine vivid imagery rooted in intimacy and desire with a gnawing fear of climate change and walking alone at night, among other things. The relationship between ambient anxiety and warm, immediate comfort provides the album’s central tension, in its own way a reminder of why it’s nice to have a friend when everything else seems to be crumbling.” – Pitchfork

“collaborations between artists we know and love can turn into really inspiring music and that’s just happened [with Bachelor]” – NPR Music’s Bob Boilen on All Songs Considered

“‘Anything At All’ an expertly designed piece of indie rock: a tasteful bass bump anchors the track, while guitars, synths, and pianos flicker anxiously during the verses before a big guitar hook that’s all carom and crunch, like a tidal wave on repeat.” – Rolling Stone

“A groovy ballad all about unrequited, queer love, the sound feels fresh and new for both artists”  – Billboard

“highlight the duality between restraint and release…Bachelor appears to be a push for both Kempner and Duterte into a more eerie, post-punk direction that doesn’t compromise on intimacy.” – them.

“a sparkling mix of both artist’s distinctive sounds.” – NYLON

“an explosive new team-up dripping with fuzz…’Stay in the Car’ careens wildly, thrillingly, and full of feverish promise.” – MTV

“When two indie rockers beloved in their own right team up for a collaborative project, you know you’re in for a treat.” – UPROXX

Bachelor — the collaborative project of Palehound’s Ellen Kempner and Jay Som’s Melina Duterte — release their highly-anticipated debut album, Doomin’ Sun, via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records! With an ominous eye to extreme fandom, the duo has also released their new ‘Back Of My Hand video, directed by Ellen Kempner.

The band shares: “For the “Back Of My Hand” video, we wanted more than anything to make something fun given the limited time and options available due to the current pandemic. Ultimately deciding to put Ellen in the director’s chair as well as film at her home with a skeleton crew. Our final single is about the dark side of fandom and we wanted to exaggerate that as much as possible in our video concept. When it came to choosing an artist to obsess over we quickly chose Harry Styles as we both are truly big fans!”

With early support from the likes of Pitchfork, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR Music and more, Doomin’ Sun is a record steeped in friendship. Written and recorded in Topanga, CA over the course of two weeks in January of 2020, pre-pandemic, Doomin’ Sun finds Kempner and Duterte hybridizing their individual songwriting 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.

To celebrate the album release they have also announced Doomin’ Sun Fest, a massive, free/donation-based livestream festival + telethon to benefit and uplift  Seeding Sovereignty. The festival will take place on Friday 11th June from 8AM AEST, and features the likes of Tegan & Sara, Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Gibbard, Sylvan Esso, Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief), Jeff Tweedy, Japanese Breakfast, Julien Baker, Tank And The Bangas and more.

Buy / Listen Doomin’ Sun

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