This Monday’s exclusive comes in video form, as we bring you some uplifting, reggae-tinged pop all the way from California
This week’s Monday exclusive is the video for From Far Away, a slice of bright, summery, reggae-tinged pop from Los Angeles-based four-piece SayReal. From Far Away is the first single from the band’s forthcoming debut EP, Unarmed And Ready.
US readers may recognise SayReal frontwoman Naia Kete – she appeared on NBC’s The Voice in 2012. The SayReal line-up is completed by Naia’s brother Imani Elijah (percussion, keys, voice), Lee John (bass, voice, percussion) and Lightfoot (guitar, percussion, voice). All four members were originally solo artists, until producer Randy Jackson (Journey, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul and American Idol) caught them in an impromptu jam session at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood just over a year ago, and persuaded them they should form a band. You can currently catch them every Tuesday at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica.
Of From Far Away, they tell us: “The song’s about loving someone no matter how far away that person may be from you. Even if the loved one has passed on, you can still feel and love their spirit. In the video we captured this feeling by shooting each individual band member in different locations, symbolizing one type of disconnection people feel, when following their own path. But even the final scene literally captures the dual meaning of our song’s message, honouring past relationships through memory, yet still finding that connection to them.”
We think fans of Paolo Nutini or Jack Johnson will enjoy this one but as ever, you can see what you think for yourselves…