Album Review Miya Folick - Roach4 Stars
Laced with a little intoxication.
Miya Folick’s 2018 debut ‘Premonitions’ doused a straightforward indie sound in colourful theatrics, a shift that retroactively, given the content of ‘Roach’, her long-awaited second record, looks a lot like escapism - but of what? In embracing buried insecurity Miya ditches happy-go-lucky pop perfectionism in favour of a bed of art-pop and calamitous, soft indie rock, where she scrawls in her journal until the scribbles make sense, and rolls around in relatable, guttural, tearful - and actually, incredibly liberating - self-loathing. Aside from its empowering frustration, its allure is in its profundity: as Miya seeks faith and direction on ‘Oh God’, builds a picture of shame and desperation on ‘Nothing To See’ and waxes lyrical on her indecisive existentialism on ‘2007’, she forges connection with her listeners. Like a hangover, ‘Roach’ lulls around in this contemplation in the dusky corners of a rough Sunday morning, yet it remains laced with a little intoxication: experimental production hides behind its corners, making ‘Roach’ a little more interesting. And elsewhere there exists moments where sunlight cracks through the drawn curtains: ‘So Clear’ is poppy fantasia that could well be a MUNA track, while pick-me-up ‘Cartoon Clouds’ shakes away depression and soothes anxiety. Incredibly wise, Miya, with ‘Roach’, invites the listener to embrace untidy adulthood – namely, living as a woman in modernity – and push through whispering hungover epiphanies to survive.
Squid are on the cover of DIY’s May 2023 issue!
Our new edition - which is out now - also features Peace, Temps, Miya Folick, Rina Sawayama and more.
Miya Folick shares new song ‘So Clear’
Her second album ‘Roach is due out in May.
Miya Folick announces new album ‘Roach’
She’s also sharing new single ‘Get Out Of My House’.
Miya Folick - 2007
A solid collection of songs that wear their heart on their sleeve and capture the zeitgeist too.