[Indie] Miya Folick – Talking With Strangers + Exclusive Q&A

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It was difficult to deny our quickly amassed adoration for this Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter. With apparent influences of Sharon Van Etton, Daughter, and Angel Olson Miya Folick led us down a long listening experience, getting us helplessly lost in her undeniable charm.

Even though we dug deep into her Soundcloud, we stopped after one listen through “Talking With Strangers,” and this was only to immediately request a Q&A to learn more about this intriguing artist. Before we went too far, we had to make sure to get that set up, which is what we have for you today.

Press play and enjoy the read and what will soon become of your new artists to watch.

Talking with Strangers

TMN: Hey Miya! Thank you for taking a moment to answer a few questions for us. We’ve heard your full EP and we’re simply enamored. How long have you been playing music?

MF: I’ve been singing my whole life, and I started playing guitar about 5 years ago.

TMN: We dug back through your Soundcloud and checked out your older stuff. “Oceans” is hauntingly beautiful. What’s your journey been like from that first upload to the most recent, “Talking with Strangers.”

MF: It’s been many things. I think, when I uploaded that demo, I was just beginning to think of myself as a musician or as someone who could make a career out of songwriting. I was teaching myself how to play guitar through writing songs, and discovering how much clarity bottling a feeling down to chords and melodies could bring you. But, now that I say that, I realize that I’m sort of in the same place now. Some days I still feel like I don’t know how to play the guitar at all. Some days I feel like I’ll never write a song again. Some weeks I don’t touch my guitar and all I want to do is to make beats in Ableton live. It’s hard to tell you how it’s been because I still feel very much in it. I’ll let you know in a couple years when I have some perspective.

Oceans (demo)

TMN: You seem to have so many different parts of your past that influence your music, from religion to studying theater in college. Talk to us about the one aspect that guides you the most.

MF: Yeah, I think growing up Buddhist has influenced me in that I’m able to let go of ideas that aren’t working in the moment. Acting training teaches you to make strong decisions and make them quickly. I think that’s important in music too. But, I think I’m most influenced by the people in my life and mostly led by intuition.

TMN: We can’t help but shake associations with Sharon Van Etten and Daughter, both of which are amazing. Do you ever catch yourself associating your music to acts you enjoy? Or do you try and clear those connections from your mind when writing music?
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Today, we have the honor of bringing you “Hold Out,” which was written and performed by Shauf, Carl Johnson of Library Voices, and James Armstrong at Red Brick Songs writing retreat. As expected, the song simply glows with enchantment, effortlessly carrying the listener along to subdued fingerpicking and wonderfully calming vocals.

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For a good portion of you out there, the weather is slowly changing, leaves are starting to sprout, days are starting to get longer, and your musical selections are about to get sunny, shimmery, and uplifting.

In celebration of the riddance of those icy winter months, we’re highlighting one of our favorite Indie Folk acts, Folly & The Hunter. This Montreal four-piece recently released a new tune, and it’s everything we’ve come to know and love about this up-and-coming act. With shuffling percussion, soaring piano chords, and impeccable vocal harmonies, all we can do is sit back and sport a goofy toothy grin.

When asked about the song, the band had this to say:

“Awake” was written when I had writer’s block. The song is about creating something out of nothing and forcing yourself to wake up to find spontaneity & passion in your life.

So, as the temperature starts to heat up, head out and find some adventure. Whether it’s in your own backyard, your city, or somewhere in a remote part of the globe, just do it. And, let Folly & The Hunter provide a welcome addition to your accompanying playlists.

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