LIVE REPORTRED MARQUEE7/27 SAT
Bedroom-pop singer Melina Mae Duterte (aka Jay Som) manages to pack the Red Marquee, and then some. Her dreamy headphone music rings of Rilo Kiley and the Breeders, but she confesses to being influenced by The Pixies and Carly Rae Jepsen. Perhaps it is partially her aesthetic of doing all of her own recording herself in her bedroom which appeals to Japanese audience members; many of whom are cramped for space in cities like Tokyo. Live, she is accompanied by Oliver Pinnell on guitar, Zachary Elsasser on drums and Dylan Allard on bass; who collectively meld with her as well as – if not better than – the Pixies who influenced her. Lush sound scapes emerge naturally as loops build in expert arrangements of funky and tight bass and drums. Tastefully overdriven leads then ride overtop of cinematic strings. Ms. Duterte’s sweet vocals blend perfectly into the mix as well, surfing the storm of virtuoso instrumentation, with a distinctly Californian flavor. Her choice of composition with which to end her set leaves the capacity crowd overjoyed; as she and her band descend into an ambient cinematic noise jam akin to Japan’s own Mono; but with a sweeter, cuter feel. As the audience claps for the last time, the singer-songwriter quickly thanks the crowd, and states, “We are Jay Som, and I’m Melina”; humility delivered sincerely to an audience that greatly appreciates it.