Christchurch born songwriter Annabel Alpers (aka indie artist Bachelorette) was always fascinated by astronomy, and used stars and galaxies as inspiration on her 2004 debut album Isolation Loops. Her interest is obvious on track 'Complex History of a Dying Star'; over synthesisers and a drum machine, Alper's multitracked choir of one vocals soar into space, the lyrics a kind of beginners' guide to astrophysics. The video is strictly celestial. Alpers' passive face floats in space before the singer, clad in a Star Trek robe, splits into multitudes and creates an an endless loop of patterns and shapes.
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.– Music writer Gareth Shute on Bachelorette's 2006 debut album Isolation Loops, Audioculture, 4 May 2020
Video made with funding from NZ On Air