Torontonian soul singer Tanika Charles’ latest single, “Frustrated,” finds the singer discussing long-distance connections and how they’re, relatively speaking, unsustainable. The song finds its home on Charles’ Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly album, which is the follow-up to her previous two releases. Over an upbeat-on-the-surface instrumental, Charles sings about how frustrated she is with where she is and how her partner isn’t there for her as much as she’d like and how that has an effect on her. I like the song and the video as well.
The video features its star trying to recapture some joy, which results in a bit of dancing alone in the light–which could be seen as representative of Charles’ own feelings of isolation because of the relationship’s course. It also has a bit of fatigue tied in, at least to me. That’s because I’ve found myself frustrated with trying to work around everyone else’s schedules because of the way the world’s changed over the last few years. Yes, nothing good comes easy, but there should also always be some give and take in each relationship–not just one way, all the time. If you want a soulful ballad for those of us who don’t want to be kept in the dark looking for reasons why we should stay, check this one out and support dope music in all its forms.