Manuka has a lot of messages to impart with her single ‘Tribal Man’. A single in two parts, she moves you from spoken word to melodic folk flows that talk to a part of your spirit you may not know needed it. Packed with an interesting journey and layered messages, she has you reflecting on self-care, gratitude for nature and those around you as well as the nourishment that nature provides.
This engaging single offers more than the usual listening experience as it reaches out for a conversation of minds. While Manuka’s musical style has been evolving, it carries a pure honesty that makes it utterly intriguing. With just her voice and an acoustic guitar, she draws you into the journey and contemplation of her music.
The easy flow of the acoustic guitar that opens ‘Tribal Man’ pulls you into the rather relaxed movement of the single. There is a softness that sinks into you and has you resting in a reflective vibe. It is a relatively simplistic melodic line that draws you into the track, but the stripped-back nature allows the emotions and message of the track to really shine. The guitar line moves from light and easy to a slightly deeper movement that lets you sink further into an almost meditative state. The earthiness of the sound is wonderful as its healing power flows through your veins.
Against the backdrop of the acoustic guitar, Manuka opens the vocals with a poetic spoken word line. This introduction to the track invites you into the inner sanctum of thoughts and emotions that create the rest of the track. As her voice flows on gentle waves of melodic tones, she takes you on a beautiful journey through insecurities, happiness and the wonder of nature. There is no way you can listen to this track and not feel more at peace with yourself by the end. While there is a message woven into the single, the arrangement allows you to draw your own conclusions regarding what she is really trying to tell you.
Manuka has you sinking into a reflective state of meditation as she unleashes healing energy with the folk tones of ‘Tribal Man’. The stripped-back melodics allows the powerful energy of the track to shine through. The vocal movement from spoken word to melodic flow invites you in and has you sinking into the energy of the track.