DIY to the very core of indie rock. Literally entirely bedroom written, performed, and produced by San Francisco multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte. Her second full length release as Jay Som on Polyvinyl records, and Everybody Works is a vibrant and life filled record that shakes the dust from a gloomy day.
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8/10 Sam C. Customer review, 4th May 2017
I only discovered that Everybody Works, Jay Som's debut album proper after the reworked collection of demos released as Turn Into, was all recored in her bedroom after the first few listens. Returning to it after that I still find myself in disbelief. The amount of polish and gleam in the production is impeccable, songs bolstered with subtle synths and dreampop orchestral flourishes that round out the edges and draw you into Jay Som's intimate world.
Ranging from the drumless ambient opener of 'Lipstick Stains' to the early-My Bloody Valentine detuned guitar drudge of the tender, wounded '(Bedhead)', Jay Som crafts an album of lush songs that unfold, ebb and flow with quiet joy and gentle melancholy. It's the dreamy music of early morning or mid-evening when the sun is pre- or post-zenith. Her cooing vocals always bear their feelings, her emotions an open book you are welcomed into.
One track stands out somewhat egregiously, namely '1 Billion Dogs'. The roar of driving guitars sounds heavy enough to break her bedroom windows, the honest to God guitar solo at the end shredding up what remains. This level of Mitski-esque distortion isn't to be found anywhere else on the record, leaving it standing out as much for its quality as its being so different. Yet imagining the album without it just leaves it feeling like a part is missing. That is how well put together the collection is.
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