“With Sawayama, hell is the hottest party in town”
“A glammy, country-pop inspired banger, ‘This Hell’ is a celebration of community in the face of hardship”
“a hook-laden rodeo ride through the current cultural landscape”
“[‘This Hell’] has it all: a fiery chorus, cheeky humor, devil puns for days and even a gloriously cheesy hair-metal guitar solo.”
The New York Times
Multidimensional pop sensation Rina Sawayama shares the second offering from her highly-anticipated sophomore album Hold The Girl due September 2nd via Dirty Hit with the song “Catch Me In The Air.” The pop anthem premiered as Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily pick on Apple Music 1 and arrives paired with a visualizer created with fan-submitted footage of Rina performing the previously unreleased track across her recent UK and US tours. The song is a tribute to her mother who raised Rina as a single parent. Rina shares, “I really wanted to write about this weird relationship with single parents – you do catch each other in the air,” she explains.
Rina adds about the creation of the new song: “‘Catch Me In The Air’ was written in between lockdowns with Oscar Scheller and Gracey. I wanted the whole song to sound like it was on an Irish coastline, like a Corrs video. We put in a key change to go into the chorus, at the end of the pre-chorus to make it lift and soar like a bird. I then worked on it more with Clarence before taking it to Stuart Price. This was the first song that Stuart and I worked on together, and it was the most incredible experience. I’m such a huge fan of his work with Madonna and Kylie so it was a dream come true. We would send each other stock images of coastlines, people doing yoga on a pier, meditating in the middle of a field, hay bales, etc. to get inspired sonically.”
Rina’s forthcoming album, Hold The Girl, will also feature the lead single, “This Hell,” a joyous and roaring slice of pop-meets-country. The single is paired with a glamorous Ali Kurr-directed video and debuted with a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hold The Girl follows Rina’s critically acclaimed debut SAWAYAMA and will see Rina once again juxtapose intimate storytelling with arena-sized songs creating another ambitious and original album to excite fans and critics alike. Written and recorded over the last year and a half, Rina teamed up with long-term collaborators Clarence Clarity and Lauren Aquilina as well as enlisting help from the likes of the legendary Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & the Machine), Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna) and Marcus Andersson (Demi Lovato, Ashnikko) for their magic touch. The product of Rina and these collective minds coming together is an album that melds influences from across the pop spectrum and is a bold and honest statement of Rina’s personal evolution; coming to terms with her own past and the jubilation of turning to the future.
Fresh off the triumph of her sold-out UK and US headline tours and packed-out sets at Coachella and Primavera, Rina will be heading on a run of UK and Ireland dates this October. Full tour routing can be found below including forthcoming sets at Latitude and Summer Sonic in Japan. Tickets are available here.
In 2020, Rina’s debut album SAWAYAMA became one of the most critically acclaimed albums that year landing on over 50 album of the year lists, including the New York Times (#2), The Guardian (#3) and Rolling Stone (#6). The last 18 months have seen Rina Sawayama achieve a magnitude of milestones including changing the Mercury Prize and BRITs eligibility rules which meant Non-British artists could apply if they have been a permanent resident in the UK for more than 5 years. In 2021 Elton John joined forces with the pop star to release a special rendition of “Chosen Family,”a powerful and emotional ode to her LGBTQ+ family. Elsewhere Rina injected new life into Lady Gaga’s instant club classic “Free Woman.” 2023 will see Rina in her film acting debut as she stars in John Wick 4 alongside Keanu Reeves.
Check out “Catch Me In The Air” and pre-order/save Hold The Girl above, see upcoming live dates below and stay tuned for more from Rina Sawayama coming soon.
Upcoming Live Dates
6/30 – Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
7/22 – Southwold, England @ Latitude Festival
8/5 – Katowice, Poland @ OFF Festival
8/20 – Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic Osaka
8/21 – Tokyo, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
9/3 – Stradbally, Republic of Ireland @ Electric Picnic
10/12 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SWG3
10/13 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SWG3
10/15 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland @ Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
10/16 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland @ Olympia Theatre – NEW DATE ADDED
10/18 – Nottingham, England @ Rock City
10/20- Manchester, England @ Manchester Academy
10/21 – Birmingham, England @ O2 Academy Birmingham
10/23 – Brighton, East Sussex, England @ Brighton Dome