Ahead of its release next Friday, NPR Music, through its First Listen section, is giving fans the opportunity to stream the new album from indie pop/rock artist Jay Som, Everybody Works.
Jay Som is the moniker for multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Melina Duterte. Duterte found a successful following after releasing a series of tracks on Bandcamp in 2015. Her debut album, Turn Into, began to turn heads, and it was apparent that Jay Som had a fresh, unique voice.
Everybody Works is profoundly human. Navigating themes of love, heartbreak, anxiety, and finding the deeper meanings within the mundane, Jay Som has created a body of work for those of us who are still trying to figure this game of life out. On “The Bus Song,” Duterte tells the story of two friends trying to understand their relationship, what it means, if there’s something more. The chorus (“Take time, we’ll figure it out / I’ll be the one who sticks around / And I just want you to lead me,”) is sung with such delicacy and lucidity as Duterte tries to understand what this friendship with this person truly means.
Everybody Works showcases Duterte’s dynamic, eclectic sonic landscape (heard on tracks like the groovy, r&b-infused “Baybee”), playing every instrument heard on the album and exploring a wide range of genres while still maintaining the core atmospheric sound that has shaped her identity as Jay Som.
Stream the incredible new album from the Oakland artist ahead of its March 10 release, and make sure to grab a copy when it releases.