Multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte may be one of the artist working to save guitar-based rock music, but not everything she produces as Jay Som is a blistering indie track. Compared to the ringing hooks on “The Bus Song” and the fuzzy jam “1 Billion Dogs”, the Bay Area musician’s new song, “Baybee”, is downright smooth.
The latest single from her forthcoming Everybody Works full-length, “Baybee” is a shimmering bit of bedroom pop. A head-swiveling melody coupled with Duterte’s tender voice gives the track a romantic feel that equates to cuddling on the couch in dim light, bobbing along to a sweet song from the stereo. Lyrically, however, the track highlights the emotional sacrifices we often make for our lovers. “If I leave you alone when you don’t feel right/ I know we’ll sink for sure,” Duterte sings on the chorus. “I’ll play your game once more/ If you don’t feel right.”
You can listen to the track via the above video, which finds Jay Som and two fuzzy-hatted dancers taking a ride on a gondola ski lift.
Everybody Works is out March 10th via Polyvinyl/Double Denim.