People caught in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a merry-go-round, a speeding subway, a skyline dotted with sparkling lights. What do all of these elements have in common you ask? Aside from being featured in the vibrant new lyric video for The Side Deal’s “I Can See Clearly Now,” they inspire a notion of togetherness that often goes without getting its proper due in the midst of the chaos in our world today.
The Side Deal are intent on reminding us of how amazing and downright ethereal that kind of togetherness can be when it’s appreciated for the splendid shot of life that it is in “I Can See Clearly Now,” and for that I do believe they deserve quite a bit of credit this June. Although their latest single and lyric video are sourced from a song that most of us know by heart, this group doesn’t act the part of a cover band here at all – truth be told, quite the contrary. They’re giving a chunk of their own collective soul in this recording, which in itself is something that should help people connect with the music this summer.
The drums in this track had my attention from the start, but I don’t think it’s because of their muscularity exclusively. On so many different fronts, the percussion is able to convey as much as the lyrical content in “I Can See Clearly Now” does, mostly through the textural expressiveness that it adds to the mix. The harmonies here sport an uncompromising swell towards the chorus, but I would stop short of describing this specific moment as an example of sonic excess on the part of The Side Deal.
They’re pretty good about steering clear of the overindulgences that have plagued the careers of their contemporaries in the last decade-plus in “I Can See Clearly Now,” and if you want proof, you needn’t look any further than the lyric video for this song to find exactly what you need. The video actually manages to make the words even more tangible to us, which isn’t as easy to do as it might seem on paper.
If you loved the original cut of “I Can See Clearly Now,” I think you’re going to walk away with a very positive outlook on life after listening to this latest rendition of the song. The Side Deal don’t pretend to break the mold in this single or its video; they add no fanciful frills into the big picture, and they certainly avoid the pitfalls of aural over-exuberance like it were devised by the devil himself. I don’t think this is a band that’s looking to sell out their aesthetics in the name of making a quick buck; they’re too invested in this performance and, frankly, too committed to this cover for anything like that to be the case. This could serve as a beacon for a lot of listeners in need of some happy harmonies this June, and that alone makes it a worthwhile spin in my book.
by Bethany Page