Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, wrote most of her brilliant new album, Anak Ko—pronounced Ah-nuh Koh and meaning “my child” in Filipino—in a burst during a self-imposed week-long solo retreat to Joshua Tree. As in the past, Duterte recorded at home and remained the sole producer, engineer, and mixer. Honing in on simplicity and groove, refining her skills as a producer, Duterte cracked her sound open subtly, highlighting its best parts: She’s bloomed.

JAY SOM – ANAK KO IS OUT ON CD, VINYL LP RED, ORANGE AND PINK SPLATTER + ROUGHTRADE ONLY: CLOUDY CLEAR VINYL

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TRACKLISTING:

  1. If You Want It
  2. Superbike
  3. Peace Out
  4. Devotion
  5. Nighttime Drive
  6. Tenderness
  7. Anak Ko
  8. Crown
  9. Get Well

Inspired by the lush, poppy sounds of 80s bands such as Prefab Sprout, the Cure, and Cocteau Twins—as well as the ecstatic guitarwork of contemporary Vancouver band Weed—Anak Ko sounds dazzlingly tactile, and firmly present. The result is a refreshingly precise sound.

“Melina Duterte can restore your faith in the future of indie rock.” – Pitchfork

“An artist of the highest regard. It feels like a real, true breakthrough moment is about to arrive” – Dork

“…her sound contains multitudes — so “Tenderness” is another left turn for the shape-shifting artist. It’s a smooth, disco-y tune made for the dance floor, with a chorus that gets at the literal heart of Duterte’s expressive indie rock…” – The FADER

Watch the video: JAY SOM – TENDERNESS

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JAY SOM TOUR DATES 2019:

07-Nov – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow.
09-Nov – Stockholm, Sweden – Bar Brooklyn.
10-Nov – Copenhagen, Denmark – Ideal Bar.
12-Nov – Berlin, Germany – Kantine am Berghain.
15-Nov – Paris, France – Supersonic.
16-Nov – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique.
17-Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet.
19-Nov – Brighton, UK – Patterns.
20-Nov – London, UK – The Garage.
21-Nov – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club.
22-Nov – Bristol, UK – The Exchange.
24-Nov – Manchester, UK – YES.
25-Nov – Nottingham, UK – The Bodega Social Club.
26-Nov – Glasgow, UK – Stereo.
27-Nov – Dublin, Ireland – The Workmans Club.