all I need to feel in my hand
all I need to feel in between my lungs
lunging gasping grasp for holy breath
I rest easy
in the blessed untold

if it exists, I am solemn unspoke
nomenclature and omens pulled from my tongue
and the holy smoke choking my only hopes
slowly roped from my sorely throat

if love does touch me
I’m dulled to its soothing lull
laid still by the fatigue
and the faint failed lowly call
or catastrophic apathy’s consumed me whole


from Modern Sounds in Island and Popular Music, released June 27, 2016




Micah Manaitai Los Angeles, California

Micah Manaitai is a 21 year old multi-instrumentalist and producer born in Guam and currently based in Los Angeles. Modern Sounds is his second release written, recorded and mixed between 2013 and 2015. Reclaiming the millennial softboy aesthetics of cuffed Aloha shirts in the name of island
heritage, Manaitai's music is a dense amalgam of multicultural thought, snark, and vulnerability.
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