Listen Rina Sawayama drops new track ‘This Hell’

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It’s the first taste of her sophomore album ‘Hold The Girl’.

Two years on since the release of her debut ‘SAWAYAMA’, Rina Sawayama is gearing up to drop her eagerly-awaited second LP ‘Hold The Girl’ on 2nd September via Dirty Hit, and now she’s giving us our first taste of what to expect.

Sharing new single ‘This Hell’, Rina says, “I had so much fun writing ‘This Hell.’ The past couple of years I’ve been listening to lots of female country singers and wanted to write a euphoric and tongue in cheek country pop song. Country music at its core to me represents comfort, brilliant storytelling and authentic expression of the writer’s reality. I’ve been dreaming of working with Paul Epworth my entire career so I knew it was meant to be when we finished this song in a day. I put in as many iconic pop culture moments as I can, but the song is more than that.

“It’s an important song for me given the human rights that are being taken away from minorities at a rapid rate in the name of traditional religious beliefs, more specifically I was thinking about the rights being taken away from the LGBTQ community when I wrote this song. When the world tells us we don’t deserve love and protection, we have no choice but to give love and protection to each other. This Hell is better with you.”

Check it out below.

See Rina Sawayama live at the following dates:

01 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
02 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
09 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Festival
26 - Dublin, Ireland - Mother Pride Block Party

21 - Southwold, England - Latitude Festival

05 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
20 - Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic Osaka
21 - Tokyo, Japan - Summersonic Festival

03 - Stradbally, Republic of Ireland - Electric Picnic

12 - Glasgow, Scotland - SWG3
13 - Glasgow, Scotland - SWG3
15 - Dublin, Republic of Ireland - Olympia Theatre
18 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
20 - Manchester, England - Manchester Academy
21 - Birmingham, England - O2 Academy Birmingham
23 - Brighton, East Sussex, England - Brighton Dome
26 - London, England - O2 Academy Brixton

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