Today, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter TOMI releases the music video for her track “Every Morning I Feel Like Running Away,” which was directed by Bryan Schlam . The song is included on her previously released EP entitled What Kind Of Love, which is available now at all digital retail providers via RCA Records.
TOMI says about the song and video: “I wrote Every Morning I Feel Like Running Away when I was working as a secretary in midtown New York. As I settled into the routine, a familiar claustrophobia washed over me; the same feeling I had felt as a teenager, hiding my sexuality from the small suburban town I grew up in. I needed to escape.
I wanted to film the video in my actual hometown in Connecticut but needed things a little skewed. So we found a perfect replica– a “Safety Town” used to teach kids the rules of the road. It became the town I outgrew and the “pink girls” are my IRL sisters and friends — dressed as symbols of who you become if you stay trapped. For a song about conquering the burden of youth’s fears, what better place to film than the smallest town on the east coast?”
On the What Kind Of Love EP, TOMI is singing for her life and, in turn, lighting the way out of darkness for her listeners. The culmination of a journey towards self-empowerment, TOMI (who has been writing songs since she was a kid) here fully realizes her voice even as she sings about finding it, integrating all her past experimentation and influences into sonically vast yet lyrically personal episodes. Whether it’s the raw protest at a lover’s cruelty in “What Kind of Love” or the elegiac regret of “Think About It,” the lyrics are instantly accessible, while the sound is epic in its sweeping range.