Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Song(s) of the Day # 1,228 Jay Som

Three songs from a really rather lovely and buoyant debut album from Oakland based Jay Som called Everybody Works just out recently . It's very much the stuff of dreams. light floating melodic songs accompanied by strumming guitars and understated drums, occasionally bursting into more frenzied activity but always keeping its cool, feeling as if it was probably originally composed in a bedroom and is certainly best listened to in one. Either when you're coming out of rapid eye movement or planning on drifting into it. 

It has something of the somnambulent haze that the best Red House Painters songs did more than two decades back, with the added bonus that you get the sense that the writer behind it is much better adjusted than Red House's Mark Kozelek ever was and almost certainly better company. There are also humorous, unexpected twists and turns in the songwriting and structuring that are altogether winning. Just one listen was enough to convince me of the undoubted qualities of the record. As soon as I finished I started listening all over again, always a sure sign. Something elusive about this one and that's very much at the core of its appeal. An enchanting album in the true sense of the word!

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