ROUTINE (Jay Som’s Melina Duterte & Chastity Belt’s Annie Truscott) Announce Debut EP & Share First Single

Musicians, songwriters and partners Annie Truscott and Melina Duterte announce a new collaborative project today, entitled Routine. The duo will release its lush debut EP, And Other Things, on November 20th via Friends Of Dead Oceans. Written and recorded over the course of a month in Joshua Tree during the COVID-19 lockdown, And Other Things finds the couple trying on new roles. Truscott, who plays bass in Chastity Belt, wrote the bulk of the material and sings on the EP, while Duterte, normally a band leader as Jay Som, used the project as an opportunity to, in her words, “take the backseat,” as accompanist, producer, and engineer.

Pre-order And Other Things now HERE.

Routine’s debut single and the first song of the forthcoming EP is “Cady Road,” a contemplative, country-tinged pop song that urges listeners to sit in the discomfort of the present moment. “Relax/ It’s fine/ You don’t have to know this time,” Truscott sings on the chorus, reflecting on the unsuredness that gripped her, and most of us, in those early days of the pandemic. Duterte joins in harmony, giving a song about being alone with your thoughts a collaborative dimension. “In Annie’s songs I hear a yearning for something just out of reach, something unachievable,” Duterte says. “She’s such a great singer, so it felt good to just layer instruments to make her vision for it feel fully fleshed out.” That impulse is heard vividly on “Cady Road,”where an abundant arrangement accompanies Truscott, replete with the spry notes of a banjolele. Listen to the song now HERE.


1. Cady Road

2. Numb Enough

3. Song 5

4. And Other Things

5. Calm and Collected

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