Melina Duterte’s process has always been entirely self-contained. On her first two releases as Jay Som, she recorded, produced, and engineered everything herself. This “recorded alone in her room” quality has often resulted in her music being described as bedroom pop. The label is inevitable given that she works in a home studio, but it flattens the complexity of her work.
Zendaya speaks in a cool monotone so collected you almost overlook the trauma she's outlining, which she says is the definitive end to her happiness. She tells you that she was crushed by her mother's cervix so matter-of-factly that it takes a few seconds to register that she's describing... birth. It's all part of the monologue that begins Euphoria, the new HBO drama that sees Zendaya starring in what is undoubtedly her most challenging role yet.