US citizen Russian/Japanese descendant Miya Folick surprises the hell out of us by actually being more English than us! Her track Thingamajig prompts debate about how quintessentially English it is. Furthermore, we try to decide between ourselves what her next single should be entitled. Join us to find out more. However, Miya Folick’s magic is not all we have today.
You’ll learn that Tobin is secretly trying to paint a picture of Richard by following up his How To Socialise and Make Friends LP single track a couple of weeks back by introducing Drinker to the show. Ha! Tobin has been rumbled. Secondly, he follows that up with a classic punk track by The Freeze from only this year proving the genre is far from dead. In fact, Tobin introduces more skull cracking punk in a few weeks time so stay tuned.
In addition to this already appalling racket, Richard spins up a Record Box Classic from deep within his own personal collection, the heavily E-tuned strings of Kim Thayil’s guitar wizardry. Soundgarden pump out from the exquisite translucent yellow vinyl straight into your ears. Revel in it’s glory. We then have a cautionary tale of colonialism, sexism, racism and brutality from the past with the musical juggernaut Black Myself. It’s a track full of hope and resilience actually and isn’t afraid to confront some pretty ugly issues. Oh, no pun intended, brother and sister duo The Oh Hellos bookend the show nicely for us. Let’s crack on.
- Eat You Alive The Oh Hellos
- California Drinker
- World I Know The Freeze
- Mind Riot Soundgarden (from the 1991 coloured vinyl)
- Thingamajig Miya Folick
- Black Myself Our Native Daughters
- Bitter Water The Oh Hellos
Twink: Think Pink IV – Return to Deep Space
On July 5th 2019 Twink releases his seminal LP Return to Deep Space. We have been listening to this here at Record Box HQ for a few weeks already now and cannot wait to share it with our listeners. It’s a dreamy, intergalactic, diverse journey of a listen and one which does in fact transport the listener through the cosmos. From the opening track through to the finale it’s music to be consumed whilst sat in a cloud of smoke from a thousand joss sticks.
Twink has moved right on along with technology but still has that magic spark that allows him to retain his original sound from all those years ago. Twink is the genuine article and a bona fide psychedelic rock god. Get on board the starship and join us on our Return to Deep Space.
Miya Folick gives us her Thingamajig, closely followed by Whoopsadaisy. Possibly.
We were big fans of Miya Folick’s track Thingamajig here at Record Box HQ. Initially Richard was reticent on hearing the first few bars but soon came round. Miya is certainly using her voice as an instrument here. In fact, there are sampled vox all the way through this. Her voice really carries well when searching out those higher octaves.
Raised as a Buddhist by her Japanese mother and Russian businessman father Miya Folick had little interest in the Indie Rock her peers were listening to as a child. Here interests were calculus and Classical Voice — she was taught by a prized teacher.
She taught me Mozart and French arias, and where your tongue should be when you singMiya Folick – Pitchfork
What happened next to Miya Folick?
Later on Miya Folick headed for the bright lights of the acting world and attended New York University and University of Southern California. However, she became rapidly disillusioned with the TV parts that came her way and took guitar lessons from a University friend. It was an obvious side shift as Miya is a natural melody maker, often singing and elaborating on natural melodies she hears in everyday life, such as the hum of an elevator.
As a result of this union Miya then advertised on dating app Tinder. At one of her earliest gigs in LA at the Bootleg Theater as she prepared for her second to last song Gillian Welch walked in.
I thought I was going to faint.Miya Folick – Pitchfork
Miya Folick continued to build in confidence and grew organically creating her own musical network. Since then two EPs have appeared in 2015 and 2017 and the LP from which today’s track comes in 2018. As we jokingly commented on the quintessentially English title to the track, we eagerly await Whoopsadaisy, or perhaps even Heavens to Murgatroyd!
Songs of Our Native Daughters – very different to Miya Folick
Black Myself is the awesome track we chose today off of the Songs of Our Native Daughters LP released recently (early 2019). Our Native Daughters is a collaboration between 4 musicians:
- Rhiannon Giddens
- Amethyst Kiah
- Leyla McCalla
- Allison Russell
The LP confronts America’s historical issues and how, in particular, they have affected black women. It contains songs built around such themes as sexism, slavery and racism. There are 11 original tracks on the LP along with a Bob Marley cover (Slave Driver) plus a song which draws on 2 poems for its lyrics. It’s a brilliant and at times sombre listeng but comes as a FTBOTRB Recommendation.
Go listen to the whole LP here…