Melina Duterte is a master of voice: Hers are dream pop songs that hint at a universe of her own creation. Recording as Jay Som since 2015, Duterte’s world of shy, swirling intimacies always contains a disarming ease, a skybent sparkle and a grounding indierock humility. In an era of burnout, the title track of her 2017 breakout, "Everybody Works", remains a balm and an anthem. In November of 2017, seeking a new environment, Duterte left her home of the Bay Area for Los Angeles. There, she demoed new songs, while also embracing opportunities to do session work and produce, engineer, and mix for other artists (like Sasami, Chastity Belt). After months of poring over pools of demos, Duterte, now 25, essentially started over. She wrote most of her brilliant new album, "Anak Ko" —pronounced Ahnuh Koh— in a burst during a selfimposed weeklong solo retreat to Joshua Tree. As in the past, Duterte recorded at home (in some songs, you can hear the washer/dryer near her bedroom) and remained the sole producer, engineer, and mixer. Inspired by the lush, poppy sounds of 80s bands such as Prefab Sprout, the Cure, and Cocteau Twins—as well as the ecstatic guitarwork of contemporary Vancouver band Weed— "Anak Ko" sounds dazzlingly tactile, and firmly present.