Jay Som - Anak Ko (Ltd. Ed Tri Color Splatter)

By the time you reach the muffled, eccentric opening bars of "Tenderness", just past halfway on "Anak Ko", Jay Som's remit is clear. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has left her shoes, or rather shoegaze, behind. This time she's walking barefoot through a lo-fi musical tapestry, baring soles and heartbreak while musing on the importance of self-value. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the head-noddingly agreeable "Nighttime Drive" to the jerking, grunge-y "Peace Out", it's equal parts gorgeous and effortlessly- not to mention breathily- cool, sexy and surprising. Perhaps what's most reassuring, though, is that there's every chance this could all come across as affected and a little too self-aware. Nothing could be further from the truth from what we can hear- an honest work representing the next step in the evolution of a truly exciting American indie talent.

Side 1
1. "If You Want It" (3:18)
2. "Superbike" (3:52)
3. "Peace Out" (4:18)
4. "Devotion" (3:32)
5. "Nighttime Drive" (3:14)
Side 2
1. "Tenderness" (4:01)
2. "Anak Ko" (3:39)
3. "Crown" (4:38)
4. "Get Well" (3:59)

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