Jay Som announces new album, Anak Ko, shares “Superbike”: Stream

The dream pop songwriter has also mapped out an extensive fall tour

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Jay Som, photo by Lindsey Byrnes

    Dream pop songwriter Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, is returning soon with a new album. Anak Ko, which is Filipino for “My Child”, arrives on shelves August 23rd through Polyvinyl.

    The forthcoming effort serves as Duterte’s second overall and follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Everybody Works. It came to fruition during a seven-day solo retreat to Joshua Tree, but was later finalized in her new home base of Los Angeles.

    Written, produced, and engineered entirely by Duterte, Anak Ko was inspired by a text message from the indie artist’s own mother, which read, “Hi anak ko, I love you anak ko.”

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    “It’s an endearing thing to say, it feels comfortable,” Duterte commented in a statement. The concept of care, and with it patience and kindness, also plays a major role throughout the new album,

    “In order to change, you’ve got to make so many mistakes. What’s helped me is forcing myself to be even more peaceful and kind with myself and others. You can get so caught up in attention, and the monetary value of being a musician, that you can forget to be humble. You can learn more from humility than the flashy stuff. I want kindness in my life. Kindness is the most important thing for this job, and empathy.”


    Not only was Duterte assisted on the LP by her bandmates, but also a few special guest musicians. Vagabon’s Laetitia Tamko and Chastity Belt’s Annie Truscott lent a hand, as did Justus Proffit and Boy Scouts’ Taylor Vick.

    As an early look at Anak Ko, Duterte is revealing “Superbike”, which she said channels “Cocteau Twins and Alanis Morissette letting loose over swirling shoegaze.” “I came up with the vocal melody while chopping onions during a rare snowstorm in Joshua Tree, definitely one of my favorite memories from making the album.”

    Check it out below.

    Anak Ko Artwork:


    Anak Ko Tracklist:
    01. If You Want It
    02. Superbike
    03. Peace Out
    04. Devotion
    05. Nighttime Drive
    06. Tenderness
    07. Anak Ko
    08. Crown
    09. Get Well

    Duterte will support the new LP with an extensive fall tour across North America, the UK, and Europe. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7th and can be purchased here.

    Jay Som 2019 Tour Dates:
    07/20 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
    09/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
    09/12 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
    09/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
    09/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    09/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
    09/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    09/19 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    09/20 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    09/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    09/24 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    09/26 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    09/27 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
    09/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    10/15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
    10/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    10/17 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
    10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    10/19 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
    10/21 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    10/22 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
    10/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
    10/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
    10/26 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
    10/27 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
    10/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
    10/30 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
    10/31 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
    11/01 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
    11/02 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
    11/07 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
    11/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Bar Brooklyn
    11/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
    11/12 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
    11/15 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
    11/16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
    11/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
    11/19 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
    11/20 – London, UK @ The Garage
    11/21 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    11/22 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
    11/24 – Manchester, UK @ YES
    11/25 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club
    11/26 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
    11/27 – Dublin, IE @ The Workmans Club


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