“Have you heard Jay Som?”
“Did you check out the new Jay Som??”
“You need to listen to this.”
Reminding me so much of that way Alex G songs got passed around two years ago, San Francisco’s Melina Duterte aka Jay Som, has been having news of her bedroom pop creations whispered amongst friends like well kept secrets, and there has been imminent promise of a larger piece of work.
Recently, that promise came true – casually writing “uh oh Spaghetti-O” on her Facebook page, Melina released Untitled, a self-described collection of 9 finished and unfinished songs. Incomplete or not, it’s an incredibly strong release, and puts the songwriting prowess of Jay Som on display. There’s a huge range of emotion and moods at work, where playful, power poppy garage hooks are pitted against somber, lush soundscapes. Opener “Peach Boy”‘s effected leads and additional percussion recall the dance-y tendencies of Melina’s highschool band, Summer Peaks, while Untitled’s second track is immediately a darker, denser slab of bedroom pop.