There is no one quite like Miya Folick, and you need to hear them live.
Miya Folick opened up for Aly + AJ on their current tour: With Love From, Aly & AJ, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and dang was it incredible. Miya made the absolute power move and opened with "Deadbody" from their 2018 album, Premonitions, which started their set off on a powerful note.
I should make note that I may be a bit of a biased reviewer of Miya Folick, I have been following their music for several years now, Premonitions being one of my all time favorite albums. Miya Folick is always in heavy rotations, they made an appearance at number 3 in my Spotify Wrapped last year, and I shove their music down the throat of anyone who gives me the chance. All of this to say, I knew I would love Miya Folick going into this night, but goddamn did she blow any expectations I had out of the water.
Miya Folick has one the most dynamic and masterfully varied voice's I have truly ever heard. She can be light and smooth, deep and gritty, soulful and commanding; it's not just her voice, but also her poetically crafted lyrics, ever unfurling as she navigates different emotions and themes. Backed by eclectic bright instrumentation, there is no one quiet like Miya Folick, hearing the artist's unbounding voice live is something you have to put on your bucket list.
When it comes to seeing your favorite artists live, you always have to manage your expectations, sometimes their recorded work and live performance are just not in the same league, but if you cannot tell from my already rave review of Miya, she is not an artist you would be disappointed hearing live. Miya Folick's recorded work? Absolutely gobbsmackingly incredible. Miya Folick live? Somehow even more powerful and insane.
The setlist featured many new songs apart of their upcoming album, Roach, which will release May 26, 2023 (my calendar is already marked, and so should yours). Sandwiched between songs, Miya provided heartwarming anecdotes about her songs and what inspired them, her parents being a clear source of inspiration and admiration for the artist, especially with the recent single "Mommy." Charismatic and charming Miya earned the crowd's trust and had the audience wrapped around her finger before she left the stage.
Miya Folick still has dates through the beginning of May with Aly + AJ across the US, and will be headed out later with The Head and The Heart & Father John Misty in late Summer. The artist will also be performing at Kilby Block Party Festival this year in Utah, now did I buy my ticket for the festival purely to see Miya Folick? Yes, next question. I simply cannot rave about Miya Folick enough, so at this point you should just give them a listen and see if I am right. (I am).
You Gotta Listen: Freak Out, Get Out of My House, Leave The Party, Thingamajig, Stop Talking