“How did I miss this lesson when I was young?” sings Miya Folick, restlessly and repeatedly, on the opening track of her debut EP, “Talking With Strangers.” The LA folk-pop singer-songwriter’s latest EP Strange Darling is reverb-soaked and dripping with melancholy, Folick’s raw vulnerability shining across the project with tender delicacy. Her words are as devastating as they are utterly charming; she breaks hearts even as she warms them.
Raised in a Buddhist household and having been influenced the religion’s ritualistic practices from a young age, Folick was inspired by the art of movement and dance and moved to LA after a brief stint in NYC. Forlorn synths intertwine with guitars and Folick’s velvety voice to create a sort of grieving, grunge-folk sound in the same vein of Daughter and Sharon Van Etten. Her lyrics create a direct tunnel into the deep inner-workings of her psyche, and it’s enough to grab at your heartstrings: “Isn’t it obvious to you/ That I want you?” Strange Darling is highly emotional and personal, with Folick opening her soul for all who will listen. “Will you dream with me?” she asks on the penultimate track; so, will you? Stream the EP in full below.
Strange Darling is out 12/10 via Folick’s Bandcamp. By the way, she’s selling these panties on tour: