“The Government wants us to break up.’ – Jessie Reyez
Jessie Reyez, like a perplex metaphor – she’s dense. With previous contentious records like “Gatekeeper” and “Body Count,” she’s never afraid to voice her inner most thoughts on a record. The paralyzing truths that lurk right on the surface of this “Great Nation” breathe through in blatantly controversial visuals like this one. “Far Away” depicts the prejudice savagery that loiters in the “Land of the Free.” It’s a sincere, frank ballad hoisted up by the stunning, emotive vocals of Reyez.
The Peter Huang-directed visual puts imagery to the pain and brutality of deportation. This is an essential record for the times, one that will be viewed years later in awe.
Reyez reflects, “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.”
Check it out below, a must see!