WATCH: Jay Som Slows Things Down in “Tenderness” Video

The second preview from Anak Ka highlights the SoCal songwriter’s broad range of influence.

It seems that with Jay Som, you never know what you’re gonna get. Following the half-Cocteau-Twins, half-Alanis Megazord that was “Superbike,” the songwriter is offering up what is in her own words “a feel-good, funky, kind of sexy song” called “Tenderness.” What begins as whispered bedroom pop quickly makes its way to the dance floor for a full-blown, glammy slow jam set to video by Chicago filmmakers Weird Life.

“[It’s] definitely about scrolling on your phone and seeing a person and it just haunts you, you can’t escape it,” Melina Duterte notes of the track’s lyrics. “I have a weird relationship to social media and how people perceive me—as this person that has a platform, as a solo artist, and this marginalized person. That was really getting to me. I wanted to express those emotions, but I felt stifled. I feel like a lot of the themes of the songs stemmed from bottled up emotions, frustration with yourself, and acceptance.” 

Anak Ka is out August 23 on Polyvinyl. You can pre-order it here.

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