Bachelor, the bnew project from Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound) is not a band, it's a friendship. Their debut album - Doomin' Sun was written and recorded in Topanga, California over the course of two weeks in January of 2020, pre-pandemic, out May 28.
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 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.