Jay Som – singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Melina Duterte – released her breakout debut album Everybody Works to critical acclaim last year. Today she releases a 7-inch entitled Pirouette, featuring two songs from the Everybody Works sessions that Melina felt were “out of place” on the album. Listen to the b-side “O.K., Meet Me Underwater” now below.
Jay Som on “O.K., Meet Me Underwater”:
“I wrote ‘O.K., Meet Me Underwater’ entirely around one of my favorite drum grooves – there’s just something so funky and special about that beat. The general theme of the song is about the pain and acceptance of change within interpersonal relationships.”
Jay Som has more tour dates coming up, including a West Coast co-headline tour with Japanese Breakfast. See below to find a show near you, watch Jay Som’s NPR Tiny Desk for a sneak peek of what to expect live, and get your tickets.
Jay Som’s remarkable debut album Everybody Works is out now, and received “Best of 2017” round-up nods from the likes of NPR Music, Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Stereogum, Paste, Consequence of Sound, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, SPIN, Newsweek, Exclaim!, Under The Radar and many more. The New York Times described her as “a nimble, honest songwriter in a variety of modes – synth-pop, shoegaze, garage rock – and never sacrifices grooves or hooks for some forced idea of lo-fi intimacy… among a growing cadre of women of color who are reorienting the power center of indie rock from the inside with skill, conviction and personality.” Purchase Pirouette on vinyl, CD, cassette or digitally via Polyvinyl Records (N.A.)/Double Denim (EU/UK/Japan)/Inertia (AUS).
02/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater @ GIRLSCHOOL
02/15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos #% [SOLD OUT]
02/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #% [SOLD OUT]
02/17 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom @ Sabertooth
02/19 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project #%
02/21 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz #%
02/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Gray Area Art & Technology Theater @ Noise Pop #% [SOLD OUT]
02/23 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s #%
02/24 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House #% [SOLD OUT]
06/15 – Dublin, Ireland @ Donnybrook Stadium $
# w/ Japanese Breakfast
% w/ Hand Habits
$ w/ The National