While we wait patiently for an official album follow-up to 2016's You Got the Luck, Sidibe has been very intentional about staying on our radars. Not that she has anything to worry about, because, that voice! But we are more than happy to consume the musical snacks she so lovingly shares. After blessing the people of Japan with exclusive bonus tracks like "Bad Man" and "Now We're Making Love," our girl has returned stateside with her first new music of the year, "Unreachable."
The lushly textured ballad features production from longtime creative partner Nico Stadi, along with stellar background support from a familiar cadre of musicians: Warryn Campbell (keys), Nate Mercereau (guitar), Rodney Jones Jr. (bass) and Aaron Spears (drums). The real draw, though, is Sidibe's crystalline vocals, gracefully dancing across the layered arrangement – one she says is built upon a foundation of '80s influences like Sting, Toto and Christopher Cross. Her vulnerability can be felt throughout the lyrics as she reveals her innermost thoughts, singing, "I let my walls and guard fall down for you / Laid bare myself because I wanted to / To get close to you / Still you conceal, maintain your shield / So much resistance."
Listen to "Unreachable" below, then watch the lovely singer give life to her words in the lyric video shot by Adrian J. Martin. The song is available for download via Bandcamp and iTunes, but stay tuned for more music by following Sidibe on Twitter and Instagram.