Jay Som‘s Melina Duterte and Palehound‘s Ellen Kempner have announced a new collaborative project, Bachelor. They recently shared their first single together, titled “Anything at All,” and today they’ve released the details of their debut album. Doomin’ Sun will be released on May 28 via Polyvinyl. The album features guest appearances from members of Chastity Belt and Big Thief. They’ve also shared the video for the album’s second single, “Stay in the Car,” which you can check out below.
Kempner says in a press release, “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 jewelry 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 adds, “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.”
Jay Som’s last album was 2019’s Anak Ko.
Bachelor Doomin’ Sun tracklist:
1. Back of My Hand
2. Sand Angel
3. Stay in the Car
4. Went Out Without You
5. Spin Out
6. Anything at All
8. Sick of Spiraling
10. Doomin’ Sun