Jay Som is the musical moniker of Melina Duterte, a brilliant singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Oakland CA. Jay Som released an incredible debut last year with ‘Everybody Works’ catapulting Melina into a breakout moment in 2017 with ‘Everybody Works’ landing on several year-end best-of lists from Pitchfork to Billboard to Entertainment Weekly. As Buzzfeed stated recently “it would be an understatement to say that she’s on a hell of a roll.”
Upon Jay Som releasing her new 7-inch ‘Pirouette’, Discogs had the opportunity to speak with Melina before hitting the road with Essential Wax alumni Japanese Breakfast.
Jay Som Shares: 5 Essential Albums I Listen To While Driving Long Hours:
There is no other record that puts me into a specific mood like this one. The soul and atmosphere poured into it is so palpable and it’s a repeated go to every time I’m on tour in the van driving in the gloomy rain.
This record is my go to for night time drives when I want to contemplate or simply fall asleep. Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping is truly one of the greatest songs of all time and the lines in the chorus – “Love is enormous it’s lifting me up / I’d rather be sleeping / I’d rather fall in your tidal waves / Right where the deepest currents fall” are so gorgeous and transparent.