Read the Bastard!
Low / Bachelorette
Rio, Vancouver BC September 15
By Alan Ranta
After a minute of silent tuning and scattered muttering, Annabel Alpers began her laptop poptronica set as Bachelorette. Standing between two laptops, much of her music was made of pre-recorded loops triggered by a small MIDI controller. Her guitar work was seldom, simple and quickly looped, while she planted layers of vocals on top, harmonizing with herself. It looked as if one laptop was just being used to run her underwhelming visuals, mostly audio responsive wireframes borrowed from the iTunes Classic Visualizer.
Alpers, herself, is her best asset. She seems like a sweetheart, her fragile speaking voice barely above an awkward whisper, softened even more by her New Zealand accent. Her singing voice has character, a cut above the rest of her presentation. …