Published Feb 20, 2020Following up her 2019 sophomore record Anak Ko, Jay Som has shared a 7-inch companion record including two new B-side singles "A Thousand Words" and "Can't Sleep."
Som has elaborated on the tracks in the following statement:
["A Thousand Words"] was made after a year of extensive touring plus a cancelled tour. I forced myself to make a sort of big and jovial song to bring me out of the funk I was in. I also wanted to remind myself that music can be fun! It was heavily inspired by Bruce Springsteen, Elliott Smith, Pavement and that song "Alright" by Supergrass.
"Can't Sleep" was made in August or September 2017 while I was living with my parents in between U.S. tours, before I moved to L.A. I think I had all my gear packed away somewhere that I couldn't access, so I used instruments left over in my childhood room: a broken acoustic guitar, chopsticks on a snare drum, a bad hi hat, and my trumpet. Everything was recorded through the laptop mic. I was pretty frustrated with the California heat and the fact that I couldn't record properly, so this sort of fever dream song was born.
"A Thousand Words" and "Can't Sleep" arrive digitally today through Polyvinyl. You can listen to both songs below and pre-order the 7-inch here.
We spoke to the artist ahead of Anak Ko's release last summer. You can read that interview here.
Jay Som is currently on a massive world tour in support of Anak Ko alongside Sharon Van Etten and Julien Baker. See her full tour itinerary here.