MIYA FOLICK: GIVE IT TO ME EP

November 1st, 2017 | Album reviews

MIYA FOLICK
Give It To Me EP
Terrible

“This song is shit/They’ll listen anyway,” Miya Folick sings during “Trouble Adjusting,” the first track on her new EP, Give It To Me. It’s a brooding swirl of grunge, indie, and alt-rock, and it most definitely isn’t shit—and its weird, slashing guitars and left-field, major key chorus immediately let you know that Folick isn’t playing by the rules. With a strong art-school vibe and overtly intellectual songwriting, Folick puta herself in the tradition of Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro—something that lives on now with Björk and St. Vincent. Folick even ends the EP with an ominous cover of Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” swapping the keyboard and layered vocals of the original for sparse electric guitars and a cavernous kick drum. She’s the kind of hip, arty, aloof musician that first finds the spotlight by winning cool-points from fashionable taste-makers—but she’s got the talent to stay there, too. Her melodies are complex and unexpected, but still get stuck in your head. “Aging,” with its surfy guitars and propulsive drums explodes into a hurricane chorus that packed rooms full of people will soon be shouting back to her. “Pretend” unfolds slowly, with an existential Folick asking questions like, “How do i know I’m anything other than dust?” over slide guitar and a soulful organ gently carrying her knockout melody. “Give It To Me” alternates between sleepy hazy verses and unbelievably wrenching choruses. Like St. Vincent or Mitchell, her voice is otherworldly—an instrument for delivering power and emotion more than simple beauty. Whether it’s the fragile vibrato in her upper-register, or the knock-down drag-out guttural strength she displays at the peaks of “Aging” and “Give It To Me,” Folick gives it everything she’s got—it’s the kind of conviction that forces you to feel what she wants you to feel. The result is an absolutely stunning five-song EP that delivers a heavy dose of the brilliance hinted at by last year’s stand-alone singles—“Pet Body” and “God Is A Woman”—and hits with the heft of a polished and powerful full-length-LP.

—Madison Desler

MIYA FOLICK’S GIVE IT TO ME EP IS OUT FRI., NOV. 3, ON TERRIBLE RECORDS.