Wynona is a new UK band comprising partners Natalie and Rich, who, until Spring last year, were living in Osaka, Japan. They managed to catch the last flight out of Tokyo and have been in situ ever since. As such, their debut single “Get Back To Myself” has a sort of double dose of homesickness seeped into it. Natalie says:
“The initial version of the song was floating around pre-pandemic whilst we were living in Osaka. We found the idea comforting as it addressed the isolation we were feeling whilst living so far from home. Then all of a sudden we found ourselves unexpectedly on the last flight out of Tokyo (literally!), in Spring 2020, due to the global situation. We then returned to the home we were missing, only to find it unrecognisable to the one we had left behind. It was a culture shock in our own country – a disorientating experience.
“We returned to the song in the summer of 2020 and found ourselves romanticising our time in Japan with a new perspective, in a world that had completely changed. In this way, the definition of what ‘myself’ looked or felt like, proved to be fluid and ever-changing.”
While it was inspired by a mad scramble and an understandable disorienting period of time, Wynona are laser-focused on “Get Back To Myself”. They deliver a golden indie rocker that bobs and grinds along with the whirring of Natalie’s mind and memories, reflecting the stresses and fatigue she feels from living in a world that’s not quite right – not quite home. The through-line between all these forces is Natalie’s desire to return to a place of comfort, and that determination imbues “Get Back To Myself” with an anthemic quality, radiating this simple message that resonates with all of us.