Anak Ko

Jay Som - Anak Ko
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Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #190 / 770
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Based on 411 ratings
2019 Ratings: #140
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Call it chill wave, call it dream pop, call her a bedroom producer - this album’s full of enough variety and adventure to make such generalisations moot. A real triumph.

Under The Radar

Anak Ko is a record from an artist whose artistic voice sounds polished and refined, and whose continued growth and greatness will be a joy to witness.

Consequence of Sound

The record and its seamless transitions from one heavily enticing, tender, and softly delivered track to the next paints a captivating and enthralling self-portrait.


This album is representative of continued growth, and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon.

The Line of Best Fit

Refining her skills as a producer (as well as mixer and engineer), Duterte has clearly taken time to give the album a glossy finish, despite being recorded at home, glimmers of guitar shinier than before.

Loud and Quiet

Duterte is not here to ruffle feathers or to blaze a new trail into music’s unseen future. What we have instead is a body of nine songs that ably glide through familiar indie environs.


Duterte showcases her ability to create songs with the illusion of space within a 35-minute record, drawing listeners in yet without overstaying her welcome.


LA’s Melina Duterte strips away the shoegaze of debut album ‘Everybody Works’, revealing a set of stunningly crafted indie-rock songs about self-care and heartbreak.

The Skinny

Thanks to the great production and instrumentation, there's a perfect mix of soft vocals and an entertaining display of instruments. As a whole, Anak Ko is the type of project you listen to while allowing the rhythm of the singer to take you away.


The comforting Anak Ko is more unified in tone than prior releases and benefits from its marriage of immersive sound design with consistently engaging songs.

The Observer

Like previous Jay Som records, Anak Ko might seem slight at first listen, particularly Duterte’s winsome coo, but the payoff for lingering in her evolving dreamspace is hefty.


Anak Ko isn't a showy record, nor does it radically differ from Jay Som's previous efforts. But the intricacies of the instrumentation, and especially the subtle power of Duterte's songwriting, prove her polish as a musician.

Tiny Mix Tapes

There’s little apparent by way of concept, lyrical wit, and aesthetic quirk — qualities that illuminate the work of many of Duterte’s colleagues — but ambience, style, and ingenuity are well at work, making the album a vibe-y classic worth hanging onto.

The 405

Largely avoiding any grand intent or message, the nine-track album is composed of the intimate statements she excels in. Musically speaking, Jay Som has never sounded warmer.


Melina Duterte’s second album as Jay Som sounds exploratory and playful, like a jam session among friends that’s just hit its stride.

Slant Magazine

Duterte balances the musical warmth of her bedroom-pop influences with some heavy emotional stakes.

Crack Magazine

This time around, Jay Som has traded in most of its lo-fi pop allure in favour of precision and controlled intensity.

Rolling Stone

Few artists these days are so good at turning their private worlds into wide-open biospheres of pleasure and discovery.

Spectrum Culture

Anak Ko feels like both a great leap forward and a subtle retreat, a fascinating auditory illusion played by Duterte.

No Ripcord

Don’t expect it to linger like Jay Som’s last, but do expect it to keep you company as these waning days of summer transform into fall.

Typing this review up on my phone with 13% battery, pray for me. 🙏

Sometimes, you have those days where all you want to do is just rest your shoulders, free your mind and take a step back. Yesterday, I was feeling a little under the weather and spent the time alone, in bed or outside in my backyard and listening to music. Had the chance to listen to this Jay Som album, and it was definitely a comforting experience!

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The sophomore record from LA based bedroom pop singer songwriter Melina Duterte features her cover art set in a stone balance beam on arabesque, basking under the sun at various hues of orange that captures the entire aesthetic of the record as a whole: setting path on a new territory with her voice front-and-center with that certain youthful glow, refreshing all the way through with that familiar melody that never out stays its welcome. Her lyricism evokes emotional sincerity and growth, ... read more
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Am I Even Alive?
Really sweet and soothing little dream pop record. The album sounds incredible and you can tell a lot of effort was put into the production and performances. I was hoping the record would grow on me slightly more with subsequent listens but at the moment it's staying pretty stagnant. But it IS an enjoyable record I recommend easily.
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Added on: June 4, 2019