AOTY 2018


Miya Folick - Premonitions
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #235 / 706
User Score
Based on 75 ratings
2018 Ratings: #65
October 26, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Terrible, Interscope / Label
Indie Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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Her appeal extends well beyond the realms of pop as there’s a distinct, developed lyrical voice and a dynamic, extraordinary literal voice that makes 2018 feel much less scary and isolating and much more pure and magical.
On her gripping and redemptive debut, the Los Angeles singer seems bound for crossover status, with pop anthems that challenge power structures and embrace simple pleasures.
It’s a rare feat for an album to paint a picture that’s broad but intimate at the same time, but Folick has done it here. Her voice, songwriting and ascent are unstoppable; one would do best not to ignore her.
Many tracks on ‘Premonitions’ sound as if they could have come from different albums, or even different artists, with Miya’s voice a versatile instrument able to sway to hit harmonious high notes in one line and tackle a rich, lower tone in the next.
The Skinny
The ten tracks collected here are an excellent slice of brilliantly composed pop masterclasses, and only further add credence to the idea that Folick is indeed the real deal.

Co-produced with Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Angel Olsen), Premonitions crackles and somersaults, its eyelashes sparkly with tears.

The 405

It's her sprawling vocal range and smart, sharp songwriting that holds everything together, making Premonitions a thoroughly enjoyable and dazzling collection from one of the more promising artists in recent years.

Northern Transmissions

As she starts to make her biggest solo statement on this album, many of the arrangements are too familiar. Luckily her voice saves the day continuously, but it doesn’t leave the record easy to put on again and again.

Loud and Quiet
This, her first full-length album, is an impressive collection of quirky pop sensibilities that Folick employs through her own unique and charming vigour.
This is a pretty intense weekend of music for pop-oriented peeps, but Miya Folick still bubbles to the top as a genreless, master songcrafter. The album is intimate and aggressive; Miya Folick balances the subtleness of a song like "Thingamajig" with the sassier "Leave the Party" without either sounding out of place. It is centered on an artist who is in control and who knows the potential music has for healing.
meio decepecionante mas ainda bom. Esperava algo musicalmente mais interessante, mas é só mais um disco de indie pop, com as suas progressões meio batidas nos teclados/sintetizadores, os mesmos refrões e tudo mais. Uma música aqui e ali que traz uma instrumentação mais diferenciada e tals. Mas num geral soa bem, tem um som bem contemporâneo e não de forma enjoada, tira o que tem de melhor mesmo do indie pop atual, acho que como disco ... read more
Competing with Snail Mail, SOPHIE, and serpentwithfeet for the year's best debut album. Expertly sung and written from start to finish.
Miya's voice is gorgeous on this and she effortlessly goes from fun pop songs like Freak Out to more serious tracks like Deadbody with neither feeling out of place. The production is pretty great and her lyrics are interesting and still easy to get into
Faves: Deadbody, Stop Talking, Leave The Party, Stock Image
Strange pop music but I really like the stock image song.
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#49/Louder Than War

Track List

  1. Thingamajig
  2. Premonitions
  3. Cost Your Love
  4. Stock Image
  5. Leave The Party
  6. Stop Talking
  7. Freak Out
  8. Deadbody
  9. Baby Girl
  10. What We've Made
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Added on: October 17, 2018