Miya Folick Unveils “So Clear”; New Album ‘Roach’ Out May 26
April 14, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Vocalist, songwriter and producer Miya Folick unveils a new song today, “So Clear,” co-written and produced by Folick and Max Hershenow (MS MR) – watch the visualizer by Noah Kentis here. The new track is taken from Folick’s forthcoming album, Roach, slated for release on May 26 via Nettwerk.
“‘So Clear’ is about pulling yourself out of the wreckage you’ve made of your own life again and again, for the thousands of days we live on this earth and realizing life is so much more expansive than the petty concerns we waste precious time on,” Folick says. “An epiphany that I have over and over again is that I am very small, but my actions are very meaningful. So I have to choose to live truthfully every day. It’s not easy! The song is very dramatic, and I imagined it as a good karaoke song when we were making it.”
WATCH + SHARE “SO CLEAR”
Folick’s latest release follows the recently shared, “Mommy,” praised by Uproxx as a “haunting ballad and “Get Out Of My House,” which was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and can be heard in the film Cora Bora, which recently premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. The film, directed by Hannah Utt and the first feature starring Meg Stalter (“Hacks”), features score and original music by Folick.
Additionally, Folick recently wrapped a run of European dates with Dermot Kennedy and is currently on a North American tour with Aly & AJ, with a handful of North American dates with The Head and the Heart/Father John Misty to follow—see full routing below and get tickets here.
With earworm melodies, heart-wrenching poetry, eclectic production and anchored by Folick’s once-in-a-lifetime voice, Roach is a document of where Folick is now and what it took to get there, all the head-spinning highs and soul-crushing lows included. Lyrically, the album prioritizes an honest and simple approach—following the release of her 2018 debut album, Premonitions, Folick got the sense that the only way forward was to dig beneath the dense poetry she used to hide behind and put her most honest foot forward, no matter how uncomfortable that process may be. Not only does Roach accomplish this, but it goes a step beyond too, with Folick learning to wear the hardship she has endured like a badge of honor. “It’s an album about trying to get to the core of what life really is,” she explains.
With radical honesty as the guiding approach, Folick enlisted a team of collaborators who she trusted to expose the grittier side of her artistry, including Gabe Wax (War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes), Mike Malchicoff (King Princess, Bo Burnham), Max Hershenow (MS MR) and a team of some of LA’s best players. The result is an album that, in classic Folick style, straddles a line between pop and something more experimental and sounds as brutally direct and intimate as the subject matter at hand.
Folick’s 2007 EP was released last year to critical acclaim from Pitchfork, NPR, Our Culture, Alt Press and more and features singles, “Bad Thing,” co-written by Folick, Mitski and Andrew Wells, “Nothing To See,” “Ordinary” and “Oh God,” her first new music in three years. After the release, Folick embarked on a headlining North American and UK/EU tour, with stops in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Dublin and more, followed by an extensive tour across the UK/EU with Tove Lo in October and November.
Raised in Santa Ana, CA and now living in Los Angeles, Folick first attracted acclaim with two EPs, 2015’s Strange Darling and 2017’s Give It To Me EP. Folick’s 2018 Terrible Records/Interscope debut album Premonitions drew critical praise from NPR, GQ, Pitchfork, The FADER and many more; landed her a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR and saw her sell out headline shows and play festivals the world over.
1. Oh God
2. Bad Thing
3. Get Out Of My House
4. Nothing To See
5. Drugs or People
10. Cartoon Clouds
11. So Clear
MIYA FOLICK LIVE
April 14—Raleigh, NC—The Ritz†
April 15—Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore†
April 16—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore†
April 19—Toronto, ON—History†
April 21—Boston, MA—MGM Music Hall†
April 22—New York, NY—Hammerstein Ballroom†
April 24—Brooklyn, NY—Public Records
May 12—Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Block Party
August 4—Salt Lake City, UT—Venue TBD‡§
August 5—Missoula, MT—Big Sky Brewing Company‡§
August 6—Spokane, WA—Pavilion at Riverfront‡§
August 8—Vancouver, BC—PNE Amphitheater‡§
August 9—Bend, OR—Hayden Homes Amphitheater‡§
August 12—Las Vegas, NV—Virgin Hotels Las Vegas – The Theater‡
August 13—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl‡§
August 15—Vail, CO—Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater‡§
August 16—Vail, CO—Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater‡§
August 18—Lincoln, NE—Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater‡§
August 19—Tulsa, OK—Tulsa Theater‡§
August 20—Columbia, MO—9th Street Summerfest‡§
August 21—Madison, WI—The Sylvee‡§
August 22—Madison, WI—The Sylvee‡§
September 2-3—Napa, CA—Down in the Valley
September 24—Las Vegas, NV—Life Is Beautiful
† with Aly & AJ
‡ with The Head and the Heart
with Father John Misty