'Stock Image' - Miya Folick - [Song Review]
There’s always that song you need to listen to when you want to feel something. The song you play to fill the emptiness of the long road ahead of you on that 3-hour drive. The song you play in your headphones when you’re walking outside as the wind blows through your hair. Stock Image by Miya Folick is that very song that gets blasted on full volume. Its pace and rhythm continuously move forward. It’s as if the song moves the car forward, moves your thoughts forward, moves your legs forward. It makes you want to move your head and think about a million different things all at once. Its upbeat, atmospheric sound makes it almost impossible not to submit to the joy its melody wants you to feel.
The irony of this track is that the lyrics completely oppose what the rhythm forces you to feel. Before knowing the lyrics or even understanding what Folick was saying, I felt as if I could conquer the world or fall head over heels in love with the next person I saw. When I read the lyrics, I was completely pulled back from all these feelings. The lyrics glide over suicide and the feelings of an almost empty and pointless life. Folick sings in the chorus, “Color in, feeling empty outside of your outline, you scratch at the door of the divine”. She sings joyfully about the idea of feeling completely empty and seemingly trying to make it to the divine. It’s as if she is idealizing the idea of suicide and pointing to the struggles of living within a “stock image” as she sings later in the chorus. The painfully honest lyrics somehow compliment the airy, optimistic production. Stock Image encompasses the meaning of lyrical dissonance. It is pleasant to the ears, but the lyrics cause the listener to delve deep into their emotions and question their entire existence.
When reading the lyrics, after giving the song several listens, I almost felt guilty about feeling so happy about the idea of suicide and worthlessness. That’s what Folick wants us, as listeners, to feel. Life is empty and a lot of times feels meaningless, but we still laugh, sing, and move forward. The words want to pull me back, but I can’t help but to keep driving, keep walking, and keep feeling all the emotions I feel when this song starts echoing in my ears.