Jay Som – “The Bus Song”

Jay Som – “The Bus Song”

Jay Som is the project of Melina Duterte. She’s been putting out music since 2012, and last month, Polyvinyl Records reissued Turn Into, a collection of demos from 2015 that demonstrated the San Francisco-based musician’s immense talent. In March, Jay Som will put out its first proper full-length — it’s called Everybody Works, and lead single “The Bus Song” makes good on the promise of Duterte’s early work. The song starts off with a mumbled intimacy that recalls Now, Now before blossoming into a satisfying interlocking rhythm that carries through to the rest of the track. Duterte positions herself as the one who stays, urging a third party to “take time to figure it out.” “And I just want you to need me/ And I just want you to lead me,” she coos on the hook. It’s a desperate sort of affection, and the track is pillowy enough to withstand whatever blows that devotion entails. Listen via NPR below.

01 “Lipstick Stains”
02 “The Bus Song”
03 “Remain”
04 “1 Billion Dogs”
05 “One More Time, Please”
06 “Baybee”
07 “(BedHead)”
08 “Take It”
09 “Everybody Works”
10 “For Light”

Tour Dates:
03/10 Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb
03/11 Phoenix, AZ @ Viva Phx Downtown Music Festival
03/13-17 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/18 Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
03/20 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop #
03/21 Madison, WI @ The Frequency #
03/22 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
03/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club#
03/24 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern #
03/25 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s #
03/26 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison #
03/28 Boston, MA @ Great Scott #
03/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s Alright #
03/31 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #
04/01 Washington DC @ DC9 #
04/04 Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Music Festival
04/06 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge #
04/07 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
04/98 Boise, ID @ Neurolux #
04/10 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
04/11 Vancouver, BC @ The Colbalt #
04/12 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (Back Bar) #
04/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
04/22 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

# with The Courtneys
^ with The Drums and No Joy

Everybody Works is out 3/10 via Polyvinyl (North America) / Double Denim (EU/UK/Japan).

Jay Som - Cara Robbins - EW Gen 1 - HIGH RES
CREDIT: Cara Robbins

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