LISTEN: Jay Som – “Slow”


“Slow” by Jay Som

The steep rolling hills of San Francisco, California is the home of multi-instrumentalist Melina Duerte. Melina has been immersed in music ever since she was a child. Aged at nine years old Melina was actively studying music, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the songwriter began releasing material to the public.

The name for the project has a peculiar backstory. While Melina was toggling around with an online baby name generator she stumbled upon the name “Jay Som”, which also means “Victory Moon”. The name has stuck, and now the musician finds herself signed to Polyvinyl Records (Beach Slang, Of Montreal, American Football).

Photo Credit: Polaroid Jay

Photo Credit: Polaroid Jay

On July 22nd Jay Som released her the debut album, Turn Into , in digital format. The physical copies are available for pre-order from Polyvinyl HERE. This album was the result of material gathered from Spring of 2014 to Fall of 2015. Overall the album has a very fun and engaging sound. From the first song “Peach Boy” all the way to “Turn Into” it is very easy to drift away to the hazy bedroom-pop sounds the project presents.

The standout track for today’s song of the day is “Slow”. The song starts with a set of innocent electric guitar chords and moves in and out of shoegaze sounds, and Melina sings in a soft and simple tone. Melissa will be carrying these same sounds on the road with a short west coast tour with Peter Bjorn and John. Take it slow, and take a listen.

Listen to “Slow” via Bandcamp above, or below via our Monomania Spotify Playlist, kept up-to-date at 30 songs at a time:

2016 West Coast tour with Peter Bjorn and John + Bayonne:
Fri – Aug 26 LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Roxy Theatreu

Sun – Aug 28 PORTLAND, OR MusicfestNW After Party @ Revolution Hall

Tue – Aug 30 VANCOUVER, BC @ Venue

Wed – Aug 31 SEATTLE, WA @ Neptune

Thu – Sept 1 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ The Fillmore

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Bryce Center

Staff Writer and Photographer currently living in Brooklyn, New York.

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