Opening to a melody worthy of a shiny guitar and ready-to-go piano earworm, “bananas” falls quickly like a summer heat wave with a sunny find: “all I need is right in front of my face “.
Always a chameleon, SonReal defies categorization. With a hat tip to Tom Petty in the chorus and a grateful nod to his mother, he pays homage to his influences. (Mac Miller – “When I heard that Malcom died / I put my head against the wall”). In the last verse, SonReal concludes with, “… then I called my mom, I told her I love her because I know / everything I need is right in front of my face.” It invokes a feeling of gratitude pointed at by melancholy.
From melody and lyrics to illustrations and attention to detail in the creative direction, Bananas reminds us to relax, work hard, and give thanks for the little things in life. That’s all we have.
SonReal is the nickname for Canadian singer, songwriter, rapper and visual artist Aaron Hoffman. With years of international touring, over a dozen award nominations, nearly 125 million views, and over 170 million global streams to his name, Aaron has made a name for himself as SonReal.
Breaking onto the scene with the eccentric and now viral video sensation “Everywhere We Go” (22 million views), SonReal and his team have set the bar high for visual content and songwriting. EPs and mixtapes followed suit, with next-level songs and videos like “Preach” and “For The Town” before SonReal’s 2017 debut feature, One Long Dream.
Often said that his versatility and genre leanings are a hindrance, SonReal has always stuck with it. Constantly pushing the boundaries in his music and visuals, he’s always yearned for more. Tracks like Platinum Certified Single “Can I Get A Witness” and “Problems” by One Long Dream were the first indication that SonReal had more to say as a songwriter, and more to accomplish as an artist. .