After receiving international praise for her first album, “SAWAYAMA,” Rina Sawayama returns with her sophomore album, “Hold the Girl.”
The Japanese and British singer is also set to embark on a European tour in early October.
Her latest single, “Hurricanes,” touches on her never-ending pursuit of perfection, even if it brings out the worst in her. The pop song has elements of punk rock, giving it a rebellious undertone.
Along with the announcement of the new album earlier this summer, Sawayama released the first single, “This Hell,” which interpolates Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
In a news release, she expressed how female country singers influenced her approach to “This Hell.”
Sawayama goes on to share, “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.”
She has amassed a huge following internationally with her unique take on pop music. Following her European tour, she will begin a 13-date North American tour on Nov. 1.
“Hold The Girl” is available via Dirty Hit.