Jay Som releases “The Bus Song” video; Signs to Pod/Inertia Music in Australia

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Signs to Pod/Inertia Music for release in Australia

Earlier this year, Jay Som – a.k.a. singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Melina Duterte – announced her breakout debut album Everybody Works alongside its lead single “The Bus Song”, which is now available for the first time in Australia via Pod/Inertia Music

“The Bus Song”, the song that kicked it all off – which left fans proclaiming their love for public transportation and has amassed over one million streams to date – today gets its own music video. As a partnership with Amazon Originals and produced by House of Nod, directed by Melina’s friend and former touring mate Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, “The Bus Song” finds Melina, her band members, friends and fellow Bay Area-area musicians including PlushFuture Shapes and No Vacation gallivanting around their hometown.

Jay Som on “The Bus Song” video:

Michelle directing this video was honestly such a dream come true. I’m already honoured to call her a friend and past tour mate so watching her in action in another field of work left me awestruck and so inspired. What made the video even more special was filming it in both Oakland and San Francisco with an ensemble cast of friends/non actors. It feels like a time capsule of sorts – a goofy reminiscence and portrayal of the Everybody Works album period.

Michelle Zauner on “The Bus Song” video:

I adore Melina so much, she’s like a little sister to me, my baybee. When she asked if I would direct her next music video I was over the moon.

“I worked on the video with Adam Kolodny, my Director of Photography who has shot all the Japanese Breakfast videos. It was important to me to really try to showcase Melina’s infectious charm and sense of humor. There is something just so lovable about her, it was great to try to capture her in her element, surrounded by her friends. The video feels like a love letter to the bay area.

“It was also important to me to focus on all the dynamic shifts in the song. It has a huge arrangement, all instruments Melina played, and I wanted to make something that really drew attention to that. An ensemble cast, lots of color, captured in a lot of wides and lateral tracking shots really helped us amplify those dynamics and showcase our locations.”

Everybody Works, Jay Som’s proper debut album which Duterte wrote, recorded, played and produced herself, is now available in Australia for the first time on Pod/Inertia Music. Only available here via Bandcamp until now, the album was awarded FBi Album Of The Week on week of release as well as I OH YOU’s “Froth Of The Day“.

Internationally, the record earned the title of “Best New Music” from Pitchfork, debuted on Billboard’s Independent Album and Heatseekers charts, and has found itself on “Best of 2017 So Far” lists from the likes of Rolling StoneBillboardEntertainment WeeklyStereogumSPINConsequence of SoundPasteUproxxNewsweekNewsdayUnder The Radar and more. Jay Som has also received praise from the likes of New York TimesThe New Yorker,NPR MusicThe Fader, and more.


An extremely relatable album no matter what stage of life you’re in.
FBi Radio, Album Of The Week

She is 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.

New York Times

“Melina Duterte’s careful, wise, and excellent album is the rare debut that expands
the borders of a genre….Just a few years into her adult life, and only one
album into her recording career, [she] has swept past a milestone many
musicians never even get in their sights.”

Pitchfork, Best New Music, 8.6

“Like Liz Phair by way of Brian Eno, 22-year-old Oakland songwriter Melina Duterte
is the rare lo-fi rocker who prizes sonic pleasure as much as confessional
immediacy. [Everybody Works] ranges from garage-rock to dream-pop.”

Rolling Stone, 50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

“Emotive indie pop that sticks.”
The New Yorker

“Unique and multi-faceted musical prowess.”
NPR Music

Jay Som
Everybody Works

1. Lipstick Stains
2. The Bus Song
3. Remain
4. 1 Billion Dogs
5. One More Time, Please
6. Baybee
7. (BedHead)
8. Take It
9. Everybody Works
10. For Light

Everybody Works by Jay Som is out now on Pod via Inertia Music
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Turn Into by Jay Som is out now on Pod via Inertia Music
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Featured Photo Credit :  Ebru Yildiz

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