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At 22, indie-pop auteur Melina Duterte, a.k.a. Jay Som, sounds like she’s been at it for decades. Her second album, Everybody Works, sticks close to the early ‘90s underground playbook—big hooks, dreamy textures—without ever sounding stale, breathing new life into Yo La Tengo–style fuzz pop (“1 Billion Dogs”) and My Bloody Valentine lullabies (“(BedHead)”). The secret turns out to be Duterte’s songs, which are by turns passionate but resigned, forthright but vulnerable, beautiful but distinctly bittersweet.

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Feels so good, like 1987

Discovered this on NPR's "First Listen." Been streaming the album trying to catch what past music-listening life of mine this hearkens to, and it's mid-late '80s underground especially Throwing Muses. Thank you, Melina Duterte aka Jay Som.

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Pre-ordered after I sampled on NPR. Thank Glob for this eargasm. ❤❤❤❤

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Jay Som is the performance pseudonym of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte. The California Bay Area native creates lush, melodic bedroom pop remindful of contemporaries like Alex G and Long Beard. She began writing and sharing music on MySpace while in middle school, cycling through various monikers over time until she eventually settled on the name Jay Som. It was created with the Wu-Tang Names Generator (the same website that turned Donald Glover into Childish Gambino). Duterte...
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