With her new record ‘SAWAYAMA’ set to land next month, Rina Sawayama is giving us another lil’ taste of what to expect with her latest Certified Bop ‘XS’.
“‘XS’ is a song that mocks capitalism in a sinking world,” she explains. “Given that we all know global climate change is accelerating and human extinction is a very real possibility within our lifetime it seemed hilarious to me that brands were still coming out with new makeup palettes every month and public figures were doing a gigantic house tour of their gated property in Calabasas in the same week as doing a ‘sad about Australian wild fires’ Instagram post. I mean I’m guilty of turning a blind eye too, because otherwise it makes me depressed. We’re all hypocrites because we are all capitalists, and it’s a trap that I don’t see us getting out of. I wanted to reflect the chaos of this post-truth climate change denying world in the metal guitar stabs that flare up like an underlying zit between the 2000s R&B beat that reminds you of a time when everything was alright.”
Following previous hard AF releases ‘STFU!’ and ‘Comme Des Garçons (Like The Boys)’, we spoke to Rina for our March 2020 issue all about her brand new record which lands on 17th April, so catch up on all the goss here and have a listen to her new’un below.
See Rina live at the following dates.
24 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
25 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
27 - Portland, OR @ Holocene
28 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
01 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
02 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
03 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theatre
06 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage
07 - New York City, NY @ Webster Hall
08 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
09 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore
14 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
15 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
16 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Intitute3
21 - London, UK @ Electric Brixton
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The film-noir style visuals see Rina transformed into a reserved gentleman who has one too many shots…
The new visuals come on the day of the release of her debut album ‘SAWAYAMA’.
It comes ahead of her debut album release on Friday (17th April)!
A smart pop record that’s doused in self-awareness.