Faarrow - Chasing Highs
Directed by James McCloud
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Written by Faarrow
Produced by Elijah Kelley
© 2016 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
"Initially, we were called into the studio to write a song for Rihanna," explains Siham Hashi, one half of the duo Faarrow with her sister, Iman, of their single "Chasing Highs." "Our producer and co-writer Elijah Kelley had the idea; we were writing lyrics about someone going to extreme measures just to feel alive and the three of us were all coming from different perspectives. Some of us were speaking in terms of a relationship and others about fulfilling our dreams." The end result was one of the six songs from their July EP, Lost, and features the kind of swells and riffs that will instantly grab your attention.
Of course, when it came time to film the music video - which Teen Vogue is premiering today - playing off the theme of highs and lows was a natural fit. The gorgeous landscapes, which range from Yosemite to a skyscraper-filled cityscape, juxtapose one another to spectacular result. "Going to these extreme heights and standing at the edge of a tall building - all those moments felt like we were 'chasing highs,'" explains Iman.
She adds that the meaning of the song is a lesson that will resonate with anyone: "On the journey to finding yourself and growing into the person you want to be, sometimes you're chasing so many highs trying to fill a void, whether it's a person or a goal. For all three of us, it was something we were all feeling: not knowing what's next but still passionately chasing our dreams; not having what we want and sometimes doing extreme things to feel something."
Of course, those highs aren't without the risk - something the sisters experienced while filming the video. "Yosemite made me conquer my fear of heights," Siham explains. "I was dancing on the edge of the cliff and suddenly I was completely fearless. Iman definitely took all my fear because every time the director yelled 'Cut!' she was yelling at me to step away from the cliff."
The sisters, who were born in Somalia but relocated to Canada as refugees, are already working on Faarrow's first full-length album. If their EP is any indication, the tracks will propel you to chase not just your highs, but your dreams, too. That's by design. "I hope anyone who hears our music feels like they can conquer the world, because I do," says Siham.
Iman echoes the sentiment, saying, "I hope people have a sense of freedom where they're letting go of the past, not giving a f*ck, and doing them."