Jayli Wolf isn’t your run-of-the-mill artist. Dropping her latest EP, God is an Endless Mirror, the singer-songwriter makes a powerful statement in just six songs. The project is a sonic rollercoaster that melds poetry, folk influences, and alt-electronic vibes. It’s an exploration of spirituality, self-love, and personal transformation—themes that Wolf candidly addresses throughout the 21-minute body of work.
“When I was writing this EP, I kept feeling like there was more to tap into,” Jayli says. According to her, every track originally revolved around themes of instability and feeling lost. This sense of chaos led her to make a big move—literally. “I stepped back from acting and bought my childhood farm,” she notes. Evidently, the drastic shift helped steer her music towards “more resolve, more faith and power.” Ultimately, the EP is a before-and-after snapshot of this transformative period in her life.
However, Jayli doesn’t just stop at audio. The musician brings her music to life through compelling visuals. Alongside the EP, she released a gripping music video for “Welcome Child.” “It explores the ageless soul,” she says. “Every cycle of life; beginning anew and coming to an end.” Wolf delves into the intricacies of life, death, and the lessons learned in between.
Below, we spoke with Jayli Wolf about her new release, transitioning from acting to making music, her style, and several other topics.
Let’s start off with God is an Endless Mirror — can you tell us more about the meaning behind the title?
Yeah, so God is An Endless Mirror came from a poem that I wrote. It was during a time when I was going through this very intense spiritual awakening. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I was so scared and didn’t know how to perceive what was happening. I was losing my identity, my ego, all my attachments. Everything that had been creating my self-worth was slipping away. I was coming into this idea of oneness.
I know that sounds kind of weird, but when I was experiencing it, I was walking around downtown Toronto, looking at everybody and thinking, “That’s me. We’re all one. We’re all connected.” It all comes back to love. So the whole spiritual awakening, the beginning of it, is when I wrote this EP. I was confused and yet experiencing all these revelations. It was a really wild time for me.
The project contains six songs, which for most artists, is typically just the right amount. How did you choose which records to keep and cut for the EP?
Literally, because it was all of the songs that I wrote during that time frame. There were songs that I felt embodied the vision of the oneness and everything that I was experiencing. Like “Welcome Child,” that song was my soul calling me home. I really could feel it, like, ‘Whoa, I’m home in my body. I’m home here.’ So it was just during that time period, the beginning of my spiritual awakening, that I chose all those songs.
Speaking of, “Holding On” and “Blood Orange” are the two pre-release singles you choose. What made these records so special?
For “Holding On,” I remember having this really strong vision for the music video. I wanted to shoot it and just get it out into the world. I had this feeling, I remember meditating and seeing this scarecrow come to life. It was like a call, and I just knew I needed to film that and get it out there. So I went with my intuition on that one.
Then with “Blood Orange,” same thing. I knew what I was going to do visually. I had just bought some land and thought I could use that space creatively. So, yeah, that’s how those came about.
Another standout cut from the EP is “Inkblot.” Can you walk me through the inspiration behind that particular song?
“Inkblot” came from one of the hardest periods in my life. I was still working as an actor, putting in 16-hour days. Then I’d come home, having these experiences that no one around me could understand. I felt like I was losing it, and I wasn’t sleeping for months. I wrote the song questioning my experience, asking, “Am I losing my mind?” I was unsure and couldn’t trust myself yet.
You mentioned your transition from acting to creating music. What made you stop?
So many things. I think, for one, I felt like, freedom is a loaded concept, but when I was acting, I didn’t have freedom. It was like, we’re gonna tell you when to wake up, when you can go to bed, when you can have a bathroom break. I had to walk and talk in a way that wasn’t me for so long. It was exhausting me. I didn’t know who I was. I was pretending to be all these other people, and it started to really mess with my mind. I needed to step away to find me.
Outside of putting out new releases, you also worked on a few vlogs. How did you come up with the concept?
We shot a few episodes for my YouTube vlog. I’m loving this. My next one is going to come out soon, too. It’s all about bees because I’m working with this beekeeper. I’ve always wanted to do vlogging. One day, I want to make movies. So, I thought, why not start practicing with my music videos and YouTube? I might as well video what I’m up to here and practice filmmaking. I’m just having fun.
How would you describe your style?
I love that question. I’m always shifting. For the last couple of years, I’ve worn a lot of black. I’ve felt called to that, and a lot of dark feminine energy has been coming out with my art. That’s shifting a bit now. But it’s been good; I feel powerful in that. I feel in a place where I want to protect myself. I felt like a lone wolf for a long time, and I’m stepping into my dark, feminine energy. I wanted to bring those moody, cinematic vibes out with the sonic as well.
Pivoting back to music, what do you want your fans to take away from your new project?
I hope that we’re much more connected than society would have us believe than the media would have us believe. Right now, every time I go on my phone or any news channel, it’s all about politics and separation. It’s about canceling this person, as if we’re not all messed up, as if we don’t all have things to work on. It’s a lot of noise. If you could get anything from the EP, it would be that we’re so connected. And if we could just look at each other and see our similarities.