Bachelor, the new project from Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound), came into being in January 2020 when the duo packed the entirety of Duterte’s recording equipment into two cars and headed to a rental house in Topanga, CA, where over the course of two weeks, they wrote and recorded their debut album Doomin’ Sun. Hybridizing their individual songwriting talents, addressing themes from queerness to climate change, it’s a collection that slips between moods with ease and showcases their lyrical prowess.