Jessie Reyez has released a powerful visual for her latest single, “Far Away.”
The clip tells a heartbreaking love story that doubles as a rebuke of current American immigration policies. In the visual, the singer is separated from her lover, who’s taken into custody by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. “I feel like I need you tonight beside me / You’re still a world away / And you’re still waitin’ for your papers / Been feelin’ like the government wants us to break up,” she sings.
“I see myself in those that are being wrongfully persecuted,” Reyez told CBS News. “I see my dad anytime I see people disrespecting a Latino because they can’t speak English properly. I see those things. I wanted to make [the “Far Away” video] as potent a visual as possible. So it can be a catalyst in your brain.”
“Far Away” is the latest single from Reyez, who previously dropped “Imported,” featuring 6LACK. Both tracks will feature on her upcoming as-yet-untitled debut album, due out next year via the Toronto-based FMLY records.
Watch the video for “Far Away” here: