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Bachelor, aka Jay Som and Palehound, announce debut album with new single "Stay in the Car"

24 March 2021, 15:49 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Bachelor, the collaborative project of Jay Som and Palehound, have announced their debut album Doomin’ Sun, and have released new single "Stay in the Car" to accompany the news.

Jay Som's Melina Duterte and Palehound's Ellen Kempner first emerged as Bachelor last month with their debut single "Anything At All", and today (24 March) the duo have returned to announce their debut album, which arrives with fresh cut "Stay in the Car".

Kempner says of the new single, "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. I had run out one afternoon, post op, while he was healing 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 jewelry 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 adds, "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."

Doomin' Sun was written and recorded in Topanga, California over the course of two weeks in January 2020. The album will feature collaborations with Big Thief’s Buck Meek and James Krivchenia, as well as Duterte’s partner Annie Truscott of Chastity Belt.


  1. Back of My Hand
  2. Sand Angel
  3. Stay in the Car
  4. Went Out Without You
  5. Spin Out
  6. Anything at All
  7. Moon
  8. Sick of Spiraling
  9. Aurora
  10. Doomin’ Sun
"Stay in the Car" is out now. Bachelor's Doomin' Sun debut album will land via Lucky Number on 28 May, and is available to pre-order now.
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