FOLIAN is the project of Portland, OR musician David Stephen Fylstra, who has been releasing music under the name Folian since late 2017. David is originally from the Poconos in Northeast Pennsylvania but relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2015.
David Fylstra is a contributor to many heavy and experimental acts such as Ramprasad (featuring members of Lumbar, Process Black), Flood Peak (members of Lament Cityscape, Juracán), KVØID (a collaboration with artist Dylan Garrett Smith), Canadensis (collaboration with Dragon Turtle’s Tom Asselin), Bible Black Tyrant (members of Eagle Twin), and a recent collaborator with The Stargazer Lilies (Rad Cult/Graveface) and Drowse (The Flenser). He releases much of his own and others’ music on his own imprint Anima Recordings.
Folian manages to merge elements of drone, shoegaze, metal, pop, and experimental noise to create a uniquely meditative and cohesive, psychedelic sonic atmosphere using a mix of guitars, vocals, synths, field recordings, and various other instruments to sculpt the sound.
The debut LP Blue Mirror explores ideas such as the duality of being, and the struggle for balance and clarity during a time of intense emotional struggle. The work stems from personal experiences with relationships, depression, fear, emotional dependence, and substance use. Dual meaning plays a prominent role in the album’s theme and lyrics. The album is a follow-up to the EP Ache Pillars which was released earlier this year via Apneic Void Sounds.
Blue Mirror arrives 31st January 2020 via Anima Recordings, available digitally, on vinyl LP (edition of 200), and Cassette (edition of 50).
Pre-order Blue Mirror: https://folian.bandcamp.com/
David S. Fylstra – vocals, guitars, microKorg, pedals, MIDI, Zoom RT-123, melodica, field recordings, radio, tapes.
Recorded & Mixed by David S. Fylstra.
Mastered by Zach Weeks.
Photo & Cover art by Dylan Garrett Smith.
TOUR W/ Shifting Harbor:
Folian will be starting off the new decade with another tour adventure around the release of Blue Mirror, this time with the drone/ambient counterpart Shifting Harbor, who is also releasing an album. On select dates, the two artists will perform together under the moniker Canadensis.
1/15 – 1078 GALLERY – CHICO, CA
1/16 – COAXIAL – LOS ANGELES, CA
1/17 – TBA – TUCSON, AZ 1/18 – TBA – MARFA, TX / LAS CRUCES, NM
1/19 – CRAZY RHYTHMS – SAN ANTONIO, TX
1/20 – THE VOLSTEAD – AUSTIN, TX
1/21 – THE NASA – CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
1/22 – NEON ROSE – EL PASO, TX
1/23 – TBA – PHOENIX, AZ
1/24 – REC CENTER – LOS ANGELES, CA
1/25 – GOLDEN BULL – OAKLAND, CA
1/25 – PRO ARTS – OAKLAND, CA
1/31 – BOATHOUSE EXPERIMENTAL STUDIOS – PORTLAND, OR
2/1 – CHARLIE’S CHOPHOUSE – ASTORIA, OR
2/2 – 1412 GALLERY – SEATTLE, WA
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“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)