Today LA-based Jay Som – aka Melina Duterte – announces her new album ‘Anak Ko’, pronounced Ah-nuh Koh, and meaning “my child” in Filipino. The album will be released via Lucky Number on August 23rd 2019. See below for album art and tracklisting, and pre-order and pre-save the album HERE. To celebrate the release, Jay Som shares subtly explosive lead single “Superbike”, where Duterte aimed for the genius combination of “Cocteau Twins and Alanis Morissette”—“letting loose,” she says, over swirling shoe gaze. In addition, Jay Som announces a UK and European headline tour in November, which includes a London show at The Garage. UK+EU TOUR DATES 07/11: Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow (Sky Bar) 09/11: Stockholm, Sweden @ Bar Brooklyn 10/11: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ideal Bar 12/11: Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain 15/11: Paris, France @ Supersonic 16/11: Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique 17/11: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet 19/11: Brighton, UK @ Patterns 20/11: London, UK @ The Garage 21/11: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club 22/11: Bristol, UK @ The Exchange 24/11: Manchester, UK @ YES 25/11: Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega Social Club 26/11: Glasgow, UK @ Stereo 27/11: Dublin, Ireland @ The Workmans Club About Jay Som and Anak Ko: Melina Duterte is a master of voice: Hers are dream pop songs that hint at a universe of her own creation. Recording as Jay Som since 2015, Duterte’s world of shy, swirling intimacies always contains a disarming ease, a sky-bent sparkle and a grounding indie-rock humility. Duterte’s life became a whirlwind in the wake of her 2017 released debut Everybody Works. After spending her teen years and early 20s exploring an eclectic array of musical styles that accomplished album found her playing festivals around the world, sharing stages with the likes of Paramore, Death Cab for Cutie, and Mitski. In November of 2017, seeking a new environment, Duterte left her home of the Bay Area for Los Angeles. There, she demoed new songs, while also embracing opportunities to do session work and produce, engineer, and mix for other artists (like Sasami, Chastity Belt). Reckoning with the relative instability of musicianhood, Duterte turned inward, tuning ever deeper into her own emotions and desires as a way of staying centered through huge changes. She found a community; she fell in love. And for an artist whose career began after releasing her earliest collection of demos—2015's hazy but exquisitely crafted Turn Into—in a fit of drunken confidence on Thanksgiving night, she quit drinking for good. The striking clarity of her new music reflects that shift. After months of poring over pools of demos, Duterte, now 25, essentially started over. She wrote most of her brilliant new album, Anak Ko—pronounced Ah-nuh Koh and meaning “my child” in Filipino—in a burst during a self-imposed week-long solo retreat to Joshua Tree. As in the past, Duterte recorded at home (in some songs, you can hear the washer/dryer near her bedroom) and remained the sole producer, engineer, and mixer. But for the first time, she recruited friends—including Vagabon’s Laetitia Tamko, Chastity Belt’s Annie Truscott, Justus Proffitt, Boy Scouts’ Taylor Vick, as well as bandmates Zachary Elasser, Oliver Pinnell and Dylan Allard—to contribute additional vocals, drums, guitars, strings, and pedal steel. Honing in on simplicity and groove, refining her skills as a producer, Duterte cracked her sound open subtly, highlighting its best parts: She’s bloomed. Inspired by the lush, poppy sounds of 80s bands such as Prefab Sprout, the Cure, and Cocteau Twins—as well as the ecstatic guitarwork of contemporary Vancouver band Weed—Anak Ko sounds dazzlingly tactile, and firmly present. The result is a refreshingly precise sound.