An indie-rock marriage made in heaven is how I would describe Bachelor, the new project from Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Parelhound’s Ellen Kempner. That potent pairing has gifted us with a new video for the song ‘Stay in the Car.’
“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,” Kempner explained in a press release. “I had run out one afternoon, post-op, while he was heading 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 jewellery 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 mesmerised.”
Duterte added: “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.”
You like big choruses with hooks for days and catchy melody lines? Do you like indie rock with fuzzy guitars and jagged edges? Do you like stories born from real-life situations? You’ll like bachelor, and you’ll like ‘Stay in the Car’. I certainly did. Best of all, it makes me excited for the parent album Doomin’ Sun out May 28th.
Check out the video for ‘Stay in the Car’ down, below.