Peter Bjorn and John, Bachelorette | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., May 7, 7 & 10:30 p.m. 2011
Price: Late show sold out
New Zealand's Annabel Alpers, aka Bachelorette, closes her new self-titled album with "Not Entertainment," where she admits to her embarrassment at writing songs about the everyday, then signs off with what sounds like a farewell: "Thank you for listening / I hope you got enough from this project to make it worth your while and mine." There's nothing quotidian about what she creates, though. She overdubs her voice in gorgeous harmony with itself, singing delicate melodies that bring an ethereal grace to her music's mechanical beats and pulsing synthesizers—an organic sound unmoored to any genre or time period. As she did on previous record, 2009's My Electric Family, Alpers has enlisted help for Bachelorette, after doing everything herself on 2005's The End of Things and 2006's Isolation Loops (both of which Drag City reissued on vinyl just last year). An obsession with technology marks many of her lyrics, though lately she's veered away from that in favor of seeking simple truths. On "Grow Old With Me" she sings, "I think maybe we will be happy / If we choose to admit stupidity / Then we'd only find dishonesty a bore." And on "Polarity Party" she weaves together those two threads, using science metaphors to describe a burgeoning relationship: "Do the dance / In opposition and attraction / Like magnets in oscillation." 21+ —Peter Margasak



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