Foliage – “Apprehension” + “Tranquility”


“Apprehension” and “Tranquility” are newly released tracks from Foliage, the jangly pop project of California-based artist Manuel Joseph Walker. A sweetly subdued vocal presence, fluttering guitar jangles, and melodic smarts permeate throughout both tracks. “Apprehension” struts some densely layered complexity, melodically gripping, as the two-minute mark approaches. It’s a great showing of Walker’s talents as a producer in the bedroom-set vein. Per the artist, the track explores Walker’s “everyday battle with OCD,” — “about refusing to take your own life, preventing eternal pain.”

Also newly released, “Tranquility” is an ode to Manuel’s “lover to always remind him of who he is, as his illness is often self deprecating.” The effort echoes vibes reminiscent of The Radio Dept., casting a nocturnal and retrospective feel with glistening guitar jangles. Both these tracks are stellar products from Foliage.

Both tracks come via Foliage’s new album Take.

“Apprehension” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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