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Blue Mirror

by Folian

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"Listen to it on a long winter walk and feel yourself sink deeper into the impending gray of December's chill as waves of ambient sonic ennui ebb and flow.” - Revolver Magazine

"Folian thrives in the quiet moments. Spacey guitars and relaxed vocals set the mood, occasionally giving way to thunderous swells of distorted guitars and emotional screams." - Decibel Magazine

“Jesu, 40 Watt Sun and Kayo Dot fans should just hit play already. Portland's Folian knows how to make a bummer sound extremely pretty, with spacious atmospheres and fuzzy guitar tones; adventurous songwriting in search of deeper meaning.” - NPR Music

"Fylstra sculpts an all-encompassing sound that feels like standing on a Gothic mountainside in the freezing cold wind." - Gigwise

"Blue Mirror is the reverb-dripping, psychotropic adventure Folian has crafted for you to melt in and let yourself drift through." - Everything Is Noise

"The well-balanced record envelops the listener on every level: compositionally, thematically, and emotionally." - IDIOTEQ

“Fylstra floats through restrained but powerful guitar melodies that feel poised to snake right into listeners’ psyches. The listening experience feels like an infusion of the feel of a gentle acceptance of creeping nature.” - Captured Howls

“From the first frigid notes of Folian's debut full length, "Blue Mirror", you find yourself alone, transported to a cold, foggy waterfront. The location is familiar to you, but different; changed. The sand isn't as soft, the water isn't nearly as inviting, and the emotions you've always associated with it have been replaced by something that leaves you with more questions than answers. Every soft-sung lyric and crooning riff begs the question, 'how did we get here and can we ever go back?', until you find yourself succumbing to its icy depths.”
- Dylan Garrett Smith (artist/printmaker)

Blue Mirror sounds include guitars, microKorg, vocal chords, virtual drums, pedals, tambourine, melodica, the waters of Oregon, Virginia, and Eluethera, the candid voices of others, xylophone, and tapes.


released January 31, 2020

Performed, Recorded and Mixed by David S. Fylstra
at Candlewolfe Sound // Portland, OR

Mastered by Zach Weeks // Salem, MA

Layout & Art by Dylan Garrett Smith


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this is a dream of a fate.

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Track Name: Go Alone
aching, swelling in my head
i've felt this way before
hollow, the place within
the shield that is my chest
you win

i will hide beneath the tide
and all will simply fade away

i've been to this place before
and letting go is never as difficult
as holding on for me
not for me

so i let go
Track Name: I Am You
you take the shape
of the space you're in

fear of going slow
fear of letting go
fear of no control
fear of the unknown

there's nothing new about fear
that's not the reason you're here
when you're away you will see
when you return you'll believe

you fear you
Track Name: Further/Give
will you allow me to sink
when i bring myself to the brink?
Track Name: Unwanted
i can't recall the day we slipped
when we were there
(and now we're falling)
i don't think we understand
just who we are
(but we pretend)
i won't give into my vice
but then i did
(and now i'm wishing)
i can't look away this time
i tried
but something has me

it's not all so bad, i'd say
but what am i missing?
(the whole picture)
i don't wish that i weren't here
no, but sometimes
(i wish you were)
i don't mean the things i say
i don't know why
(but i just say them)
i think that we'll be just fine
as long as we just
ignore it

and now i realize
you and i are just the same
we needed this
and so we came to light

today i found my place
this place is no escape
you know i can't help the way
i'm so selfish
there are things we could not say
there's no reason to blame
oh, it's just a shame
we can't help it

and when no one is around
and you think you're safe and sound
you're really just alone
do you want this?
Track Name: No Wake
we don't make sense when we speak
their world is a thought, so we think
the water is clean, and it heals
dissolving your thoughts and your feels
whatever you're told, it's not true
there's nobody here beside you
is this where it ends or begins?

it felt like a dream
i don't know what it was
(not aware of losing anything)
let go of me
let go because
(nothing here, only self, empty)
nowhere to reach
nothing to share
(it's not the way that this should be)
i am with you
but are you in there?

i said all you needed to hear
there's no way to start over here
i pushed all my sour thoughts away
i know where i will be someday

this is a dream of a fate
Track Name: Erasure
laying awake and
i can take it
are we okay?
i do feel lost sometimes
you must understand

take what you can get
don't you have enough to pretend?
can we take this to the end
and then still survive?

hear them
i can't believe it
my heart is aching and i've lost
a little more than just a lot
but not

embrace the pain for years you've kept
surrender all the rest
resist, reset

deep end
no one to befriend
tell me, on what will it depend
when time is not our friend
it is a tease

what now?
what can i do now?
i know for some it's just too late
for those who could not wait
this makes me dizzy

against the grain, there's nothing left
be one with those at rest
reflect, rest

erase the pain from those who've left
relinquish your regrets
resist, reset

and know it's not too late

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