A kind of woman-machine interface with wry, 1960s girl-group-influenced songs about fragile relationships, and perfectly complemented by the vulnerability of her cheap technology, no one can have expected Isolation Loops (2007), recorded in a remote South Island cottage in winter, to be both her long-playing debut and her masterstroke.
With songs of loss, longing and astronomic phenomena, and an enticing mix of organic and synthetic (not to mention those spiralling layered vocals), it garnered gushing praise internationally, and led to her signing with American label Drag City.
Two more critically garlanded albums followed along with much touring in the USA, both as headline act and as support to indie favourites like Animal Collective, Bill Callahan and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
After touring her self-titled 2011 release, however, Alpers confirmed that the Bachelorette project had run its course, and she was going on indefinite hiatus to work up enthusiasm for a new phase of musical activity under an as-yet-to-be-decided moniker. She conceded to a few dates here and there in 2012 and early 2013 in the USA, where she now lives.
Annabel Alpers’ pre-Bachelorette groups in Christchurch included Hiss Explosion, surf band Hawaii Five-O and Space Dust.
She gained a degree in composition at the University of Canterbury, followed by post-grad studies in computer-based composition at Auckland University.