Rising West London singer, songwriter and musician Azu Yeché follows up his sophomore EP Soul Afrikanah, which was released earlier this year with a new single "Gone Are The Days". The single produced by Azu Yeché in collaboration with Fred Cox is a sombre, nostalgic tune made up of rich guitar plucks, bare-bones percussion grooves and warm textures. Speaking about the inspiration behind the song Azu Yeché says, “The song deals with approaching adulthood and realizing you have to stand on your own and face the challenges and pressures that life brings. Realizing that you now have to face all the things you pushed aside for tomorrow. It touches on that sentiment, and almost romanticizes the innocence that usually comes with being a child. Azu focuses more on his childhood growing up in Lagos, Nigeria and reminisces on how life was simpler back then compared to the hustle and bustle of being an adult in London.
For the accompanying music video, Azu Yeché travelled back to Nigeria, where he tried to recapture some of his childhood memories. Filmed on a hot Sunday in Lagos, and directed by burgeoning filmmaker Jesse Shot It, the visuals for "Gone Are The Days" see Azu reminiscing over an innocent and carefree childhood, typically characterized by getting to play outside, getting your hair braided by the neighbourhood “auntie”, and oftentimes, getting punished for being naughty.
"Gone Are The Days" is the lead single from Azu Yeché’s upcoming EP Soul Afrikanah Part 2 which arrives on August 11.