Jay Som is the musical project of San Francisco singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte. The moniker was found via an online baby name generator and means “Victory Moon.” Everybody Works is her sophomore release, out via Polyvinyl Record.
Writing, recording, playing on, and producing almost every bit of her new album, Duterte keeps her signature DIY approach—wedding lo-fi rock to hi-fi home orchestration, and weaving evocative autobiographical poetry into energetic punk, electrified folk, and dreamy alt-funk. The vision for many of the album’s themes was catalyzed by the challenges facing women, people of color, and the queer community.
Perfectly melding three decades of genres and attitudes, Duterte proves herself to be one of the most impressive, talented musicians around. Watch the video for “Baybee” below.