Miya Folick first drew attention with two EPs: 2015’s Strange Darling, and 2017’s Give It To Me. In 2018, her debut album, Premonitions, received critical acclaim from NPR, GQ, Pitchfork, The Fader and many more. All this landed her a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR and saw her sell out headline shows and play festivals all over the globe.
Upon finishing her debut, Folick felt there were deeper, more honest places she wanted to explore with her lyrics. “Some of the language on Premonitions she describes as “a little bit opaque,” saying “I was writing from a place of fear. I didn’t want to look at myself directly, so I created lyrical obscurities. It felt like I was masking my insecurities with poetry. Putting Premonitions out into the world and singing those songs on tour made it very clear to me that I wanted to make songs where I was not hiding.”
Folick’s latest release, 2007, features her first new music in three years, including a few previously shared songs. “Bad Thing,” was co-written by Folick, Mitski and Andrew Wells, “Nothing To See,” “Ordinary,” and “Oh God,” which is the first single, showcase Folick’s eclectic mix of styles that set her apart from the norm. All the songs are emotionally straightforward, blurring the lines between genres.
2007 is a collection of six tunes that “focus on those moments in life that disrupt our sense of safety and stability, and the resilience it requires to continue to live a brave, broad and deep life.” Folick goes on to talk about the title track, explaining that, “the first verse is about the general fears of growing up and living alone and being alive. The second verse is more specifically about being a woman. How our bodies are sexualized and infantilized. The way it feels to be an adult in experience but a child at heart. Wanting to feel safe but also wanting to live freely.”
Miya Folick hit the road in September with stops in Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle before she crosses the pond to Dublin, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Stockholm, to name a few. Meantime, 2007 is beginning to pick up steam at radio, with WTTS, 88.5FM, Indie 102.3, Birmingham Mountain Radio, KXT and WAPS among those already on the record.
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