Singer and performer Jessie Reyez continues her vocal prowess this fall with her latest single and video “Far Away.” The video is produced by Mad Ruk Entertainment and directed by Peter Huang.
The visuals feature a narrative appropriate for our current political climate; the characters within are seen inside a television set, all of which are confronted by immigration control authorities and ICE. Before the viewer knows it, a harmonious gathering is broken up by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents with smoke grenades and firearms present, leading to a dramatic image of an untimely death.
According to the official press release, “the politically and emotionally charged video… comes at an unfortunate time when horrifying news of what’s occurring at the border is the norm and hits close to home for many marginalized people and families in this country.”
Jessie Reyez continues to explain the single:
Attachment to someone is both something beautiful and something painful. Imagine finally finding your home in another human being but they’re stuck on the other side of this rock we’re all on. You’re left wanting nothing more than a hug -their hug- that simultaneously feels like a pillow and a drug. Somehow when they hurt, you hurt, when they smile, you smile. This is love suspended in animation, before it’s tainted by reality (because eventually all hearts break again) but in this moment, neither of you are running from one another—it’s only water and borders and God keeping you apart. Water and borders and God keeping you from home. This is pre-heart break; when both sets of lungs are still working and when you miss them and they miss you back- and you feel each other even when you’re far away.
Watch “Far Away” above and keep an eye on Reyez as she hits the below cities for her international tour. Most recently, Jessie Reyez and 6LACK premiered their video for “Imported.”
Jessie Reyez Tour Dates
10/21 – Toronto, Canada – Winter Garden Theater – SOLD OUT
10/23 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo –
10/30 – Berlin, Germany – BI NUU –
11/4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
11/6 – Paris, FR – La Bellevilloise