MIYA FOLICK: DETROIT, MI 2019

Miya Folick @ El Cub in Detroit, MI

Review & photography by Daaron Donohue

The build-up:

On October 26, 2018, California based artist Miya Folick released her debut album ‘Premonitions’ after 2 years of hefty sized EPs and a few singles. Folick found herself in a very strange place, building up the album’s release. After receiving high praise for her 2 EP’s and singles released over the years, Folick had already been a respected and documented artist before she even released an album. As others would look at this with a weight on their shoulders and the pressure to impress, Miya handled it as only she could: being wonderfully and unapologetically herself. Boy did it pay off.

The stage:

With the exception of a couple songs shuffled around Miya played her entire debut album in its entirety. Starting with a poppy, light-hearted rendition of the title track “Premonitions.” Sounding exactly like she does on record her bubbly personality exploded on stage. “If possible can we lower the lights a little bit? Make it a little more moody,” she said as she got comfortable on stage. As we reached the middle of the set, it felt like The audience was transported to an early Joan Jet show. Miya absolutely shredded her guitar to the pleasant surprise of everyone in attendance. After the dancing died down and the connection with the audience grew Folick let the room in on some very personal thoughts about herself and how she felt unworthy at times. “Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t be up here. You all shouldn’t be listening. Like I’m not worthy. I wrote this next song because I want people to know it’s okay to have these thoughts if you’re strong enough to rise above them. We are all worthy; we are all beautiful.” She then entered into a beautifully haunting rendition of “Thingamajig.” A grand apology behind a gang of built up violins, keys and guitar. Picking up the pace she closed out with a mix of songs off the album and older songs off her 2 EP’s. The closing song of the set was the standout. The eerie and powerful ballad of redemption “Give it to me.” Beautiful and eerie, it sheds light on how heartbreaking love can truly be. From the helpless shriek of the chorus to the outright scream after the hook, everything we were hearing felt real, and the wounds fresh.

The consensus:

If you take away, one thing from a Miya Folick shows it has to be the authenticity of what was just witnessed. A lot of front men/women in this day and age have become generic. Very here to do this job and get back on the tour bus. This experience is nothing like that. If you absolutely had to compare her to anybody today, it would have to be someone like Annie Clark of St. Vincent. Her readiness to pick up a guitar and melt faces, the storytelling in her music and distinct voice all resemble a young Annie Clark. Folick has the ability to take everyday situations and turn them into heavenly, sometimes tragic tales that wind up becoming the blueprint of someone very special. Everything from her voice, facial expressions and the way she jerks her body around on stage almost like the music completely takes over, show that The situations she writes about in your music happy and sad still are very fresh and very real and that’s what makes it great. That’s what makes it Miya Folick.

To find out more about Miya Folick or to catch her on tour check out her website at https://miyafolick.com

Setlist:

  1. Premonitions
  2. Cost your love
  3. Stock image
  4. Leave the party
  5. Stop talking
  6. Baby girl
  7. Thingamajig
  8. Trouble adjusting
  9. Freak out
  10. Dead body
  11. Give it to me

Encore:

  1. What we’ve made
  2. Woodstock (Joni Mitchell cover)

 

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