Rina Sawayama Announces Tour and Debut Album, Shares New Song: Listen

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London-based pop artist Rina Sawayama has announced her debut full-length, SAWAYAMA. The album comes out on April 17 via Dirty Hit. Along with the LP news, Sawayama has shared her new song “Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys).” Hear it below. Scroll down for the album cover, tracklist (which includes the single “STFU!”), and Sawayama’s upcoming tour schedule.

Sawayama said of “Commes des Garçons (Like the Boys)” in a statement:

When I was writing this song I wanted on one hand to lyrically explore
the idea of people having to adopt negative male tropes to appear
confident, whilst on the other sonically paying homage to the early
2000s dance tracks that made me feel confident. The idea that the
socially acceptable version of confidence is in acting “like the
boys,” otherwise as a woman you get called a bitch—but in the club, we
reclaim the word “bitch” as a sign of ultimate confidence (“yes
bitch,” “work bitch”). I wanted to sit these two together and make a
club fashion banger that makes you feeling like THAT bitch whoever you
are.

Rina Sawayama recorded SAWAYAMA in London and Los Angeles. She worked on the album with Danny L Harle, Clarence Clarity, Bram Inscore, Nate Company, Nicole Morier, Lauren Aquilina, and Johnny Latimer. She said of the record:

The album ultimately is about family and identity. It’s about
understanding yourself in the context of two opposing cultures (for me
British and Japanese), what “belonging” means when home is an evolving
concept, figuring out where you sit comfortably within and awkwardly
outside of stereotypes, and ultimately trying to be ok with just being
you, warts and all.

Check out Pitchfork’s “The 20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017,” featuring Sawayama’s mini-album RINA at No. 19.

SAWAYAMA:

01 Dynasty
02 XS
03 STFU!
04 Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys)
05 Akasaka Sad
06 Paradisin’
07 Love Me 4 Me
08 Bad Friend
09 Fuck This World (Interlude)
10 Who’s Gonna Save U Now?
11 Tokyo Love Hotel
12 Chosen Family
13 Snakeskin

Rina Sawayama:

04-24 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
04-25 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
04-27 Portland, OR – Holocene
04-28 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
05-01 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
05-02 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
05-03 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club Theatre
05-06 Washington, DC – Union Stage
05-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05-08 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
05-09 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at the Fillmore
05-14 Glasgow, Scotland – King Tuts
05-15 Manchester, England – Gorilla
05-16 Birmingham, England – O2 Intitute Birmingham
05-21 London, England – Electric Brixton



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