Jessie Reyez isn’t letting miles apart from her distant lover kill their love on her new single “Far Away.”
The story of this outlying ballad is one in which Reyez sings about being out of touch with her lover, who was taken from her by the hands of the government to allegedly deter immigration.
Reyez paints a disturbing picture of this cruel policy — sanctioned by the current administration — that separates migrant families in the Peter Huang-directed video.
Speaking on the new audible and visual art, Reyez said, “Attachment. 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.”
She continued, “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.”
“Far Away” is the official lead single for her upcoming debut album, which is slated to arrive in 2020 via FMLY/Island Records. Back in April, Reyez shared that she and her team were finalizing the track list from more than 100 songs recorded over the last three years.
Reyez has been quite busy since announcing her debut album. She appeared on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album and landed a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart for the “Imported (Remix)” featuring 6LACK.
Reyez also teamed up with producer Tainy for his track “Feel It Too” with Tory Lanez.
Watch the video for “Far Away” above.