Netherlands-born, Australia-based Iraqi-Syrian songwriter and vocalist, Wafia, today returns with her newest single, In The Honey out today independently via her own label, Heartburn Records.
A homecoming for Wafia, In The Honey sees pop-rooted cadences and melodies skip alongside a swinging beat, as her finely honed expertise in crafting unforgettable songs resumes front and centre for the songstress. An immediate earworm hook introduces the saccharine sweet vocals of Wafia, atop a lowly slapping bassline. Speaking to one of life’s low points, Wafia’s personal progression oozes through the track’s steady rhythm as a sonic weaving of issues to find a resolution of sunshine, peace and warmth.
Wafia says on the single: “I was let go by my record label this past fall, and I hit a low point. I kept it a secret for months and was embarrassed to tell the people close to me what had happened, out of stigma and shame. My family reminded me of this old Arabic saying نايم في العسل meaning ‘they were sleeping in honey’ when I told them what had happened, which led to this song. I re-evaluated so much of my life in the wake of this difficult but necessary transition, and wondered if everyone had fulfilled the promises they made me when I got signed. ‘In The Honey’ is a song written from the perspective of an oblivious lover to their partner who is drifting away. In so many relationships in my life both romantic and platonic I have watched as complacency sets in and we don’t even realize the best parts are passing us by. It’s so easy to take things and people for granted than not and I’ve definitely been guilty of that in the past too. This song serves as a reminder to hold on to the things worth fighting for.”
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Wafia has long demonstrated identifiable and idiosyncratic experiences in the form of alternative pop anthems. The certified gold-selling artist relied on her keen sense of observation and sharp pen as she catalogued the world in real-time across her releases. Having launched her career with a 2014 debut single Let Me Love You, frequent collaborations with Perth beatmaker Ta-ku, and consequential 2015 debut EP, ‘XXIX’, Wafia soon went worldwide with Louis The Child’s RIAA gold hit, Better Not. The track scored subsequent praise from W, NPR, Wonderland, i-D, and more. At over 300 million cumulative streams and earning the praise of The FADER and Refinery29, Wafia continues her work to explore and pull apart converging ideas of identity, acceptance and displacement through song. In The Honey today joins the pop camaraderie of previous singles, be it 2019’s Hurts with Louis The Child and Whethan, or 2018’s enduring hit I’m Good. Between dreamy synths and delicate beats, Wafia’s sweet delivery enters back in the fold, as she gears up to returning to the live stage. Recently joining Flight Facilities for the Perth leg of their ‘Forever’ album tour, witness Wafia live again soon.
Don’t miss tuning into the divine and sweetly nourishing sounds of In The Honey from Wafia, one of the country’s most loved songwriters today.
IN THE HONEY IS OUT VIA HEARTBURN RECORDS
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