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Jay Som

Jay Som

Imagine posting a few of your unfinished demo tracks to Bandcamp on a boozy whim - and winding up with a record deal, rave reviews from top critics, and six-digit Spotify plays. That's exactly what happened to Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte of Oakland, California. Originally named Untitled, those nine tracks became her first album, Turn Into. The multi-instrumentalist followed up this impressive debut with the LP Everybody Works, which was featured on NPR, Pitchfork, Spin, and lauded as one of the best albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone. Duterte’s introverted DIY pop is written, produced, and recorded entirely in solitude in her soundproofed bedroom. Her meticulous design and mantra-like lyrics are simmered in melancholy and fuzzy with lo-fi dreams. Shoegaze, garage rock, slow-burning R&B, folk, funk, jazz, gauzy grunge and glossy synth-pop all blur together. It’s an intimate world that exists beyond the boundaries of genre - and Duterte is inviting us in.

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