Jay Som – “Rush” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Rush,” the flip side of San Francisco musician Melina Duterte’s upcoming 7″ under her recording moniker Jay Som, stands in stark contrast to the slow-burning A-side “I Think You’re Alright.” While that one found power in sighed resignation, “Rush” feels comparatively uplifting. It starts in on a warm summer breeze and some ’60s girl group sway, but as frustration mounts and Duterte’s pleas of “Why’d you wait so long?” begin to sound more impassioned, the song follows suit and the plucking gives way to scratchy dissonance and knotted riffs. “Only when you grow, you’ll be found,” she sagely muses. Listen below.

“I Think You’re Alright” b/w “Rush” is out 6/24 via Fat Possum. Pre-order it here. Jay Som is currently on tour with Mitski and Japanese Breakfast.

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