ROUTINE – ” CALM & COLLECTED “

Posted: December 5, 2020 in MUSIC

Routine – is the collaborative project of musicians, songwriters and partners Annie Truscott and Melina Duterte – they will release its lush debut EP, “And Other Things”, this FridayNovember 20th via Friends Of / Dead Oceans. Ahead of the EP’s release later this week, Routine shares a new song entitled “Calm and Collected” alongside a stunning music video filmed throughout Joshua Tree, where the EP was also written and recorded over the course of a month during the COVID-19 lockdown. The duo say, “We have both been wanting to collaborate with our good friend Eleanor for a while and the timing just lined up perfectly. Eleanor makes the most beautiful videos and we wanted something kind of dreamy and organic. When we scheduled the shoot in Joshua Tree, we didn’t realize that there would be a full moon. That definitely added a magical element to a project that already felt so special.”

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 sky-bent sparkle and a grounding indie-rock humility. In an era of burnout, the title track of her 2017 breakout, ​Everybody Works​, remains a balm and an anthem. her latest project with Annie Truscott named Routine Listen to the album’s lead single “Cady Road” 

Routine finds Truscott, who plays bass in Chastity Belt, and Duterte, the mastermind behind Jay Som, trying new roles. For And Other ThingsTruscott wrote the bulk of the material and sings, while Duterte used the project as an opportunity to, in her words, “take the backseat,” as accompanist, producer, and engineer. The product of a cancelled tour that would have found the couple on the road together for the first time, And Other Things is a beautiful, collaborative outcome of an incredibly challenging time. 

“Cady Road” the new song by Routine, out October 28th on Friends Of / Dead Oceans Records.

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