In a world where slick production and over-the-top showmanship are often celebrated, Wanaka stands apart, armed with nothing but his trusty ukulele and a voice that resonates with raw emotion. His unique blend of Folk Rock is an intimate experience that transports you to a place of deep feeling, where love and loss are explored in exquisite detail through his masterful poetry. For Wanaka, music is not just a career, it is a way of life. His passion for exploring new places and experiencing different cultures is reflected in the intricate blend of strings and melodies that characterize his sound. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, from grunge and alt-rock to modern Indie Folk, Wanaka’s performances are a humble yet powerful display of artistry, complete with poignant observations and unforgettable imagery.
With the release of his debut album “Beneath The Surface” on December 9th, 2022, Wanaka has proven that he is more than just a passing fancy in the world of music. His latest single, “Glycerine” – a cover of the Bush original – shows that French-born Israeli artist is poised to take the world by storm with his unique sound and heartfelt performances that leave audiences breathless. “Glycerine” is a powerful and emotional track that delves into the complexities of love and relationships. The lyrics are introspective and raw, revealing the vulnerability and pain that often accompany romantic connections.
“Glycerine” is a standout track from Bush’s debut album, “Sixteen Stone”, and has become one of their most iconic and beloved songs. Wanaka takes the track and weaves his own organic magic for a newly nuanced version that will resonate with a wide audience, ranging from rock to pop. The opening lines, “It must be your skin, I’m sinkin’ in / It must be for real, ’cause now I can feel,” establish the central theme of the song: the intense physical and emotional attraction between two people. The protagonist is clearly deeply enamored with his lover, but he is also plagued by uncertainty and doubt. He acknowledges that this relationship is not what he is used to, but he is unable to resist it.
As the song progresses, the lyrics become more abstract and impressionistic, as Wanaka poignantly interprets the song’s protagonist, expressing confusion and frustration with the state of his relationship. He feels alone, even when he is with his lover, and wonders if she is truly committed to him or if she is simply lying. He also comments on the nature of the world around him, describing it as a “wheel” where “everyone steals.” Wanaka’s voice rises above the emotional strings to carry the narrative straight to the listener’s soul.
The chorus, “Don’t let the days go by / Glycerine, glycerine,” is haunting and beautiful, repeating like a mantra throughout the song. It suggests a sense of urgency and desperation, as if the protagonist fears that time is slipping away from him and he will lose the object of his affection. A feeling Wanaka captures in all of its sentimental devastation.
The bridge of the song is particularly powerful, with the protagonist reflecting on the mistakes he has made in his relationship and expressing regret that he could not have done better. He is aware that fear has played a role in their problems, and he is resigned to the fact that things may never be easy for them.
Even with the full instrumental backing propelling the song, Wanaka’s vocal performance remains both sensitive to the lyrical nuances of the song, and powerful to the ear of the listener. The final lines, “Bad moon whine again / Bad moon whine again / As she falls around me,” are enigmatic and open to interpretation. They could suggest that the protagonist is resigned to his fate and is willing to accept whatever happens in his relationship, even if it is painful.
Overall, “Glycerine” is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant song that captures the complexities of human relationships. Wanaka proves with his personal revisitation of the song, that this rock ballad continues to inspire and move listeners to this day.