Artist and songwriter WILLRO drives with absolute vulnerability and emotion on this latest single.
The imagery driven yet feelings-focused, poetic single Wine Stains introduces a notably unique, intimate vocal style, amidst a fairly simple backdrop that allows the intricacies and openness of the lyrics to pour through naturally.
From a songwriting perspective, there’s a contemporary kind of flow to the way the song slowly pours through and holds close to this distinct, singular pathway in terms of the chord progression and even the gentle, trip-hop-esque beat. Vocally though, and indeed lyrically, there’s a kind of freestyle authenticity to the story-line, and this realness hits with all the more impact the further along things go.
WILLRO’s performance is what makes the song – this subtly increasing level of passion and longing, as things progress from reminiscing to accepting change and, seemingly, reveling in disappointment. The line I can’t love you again resounds above all else. The verse offer detail, both poetic and personal, the melody meandering in a satisfying way, before the switch to this key line stands out for its simplicity, higher notes, and its falling resolve.
The whole thing prompts listeners to question what exactly love is, what it means for one person in comparison to another. At the same time, it’s a deeply personal tale, which the audience will never truly know the intricacies of, and that balance works well. The final vocal call-out from WILLRO reinforces how much there is that’s been left unsaid, and this intrigues and indeed connects even further.
It’s an interesting song, with a quickly recognizable sense of identity to it. Hopefully there’s more to come.