Rina Sawayama Pays Tribute to Her Mother with Soaring Indie/Pop Anthem, “Catch Me In The Air”

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Multifaceted singer/songwriter Rina Sawayama is gearing up for the Sept. 2 release of her new album, Hold The Girl, which is shaping up to be among the year’s most anticipated releases in the indie/pop scene.

This week, Sawayama shared a single from the album titled “Catch Me in the Air,” a sweeping, soaring slice of pop perfection with a heartfelt message of love and appreciation extended from the artist to her mother, who raised Sawayama as a single parent.

“I really wanted to write about this weird relationship with single parents – you do catch each other in the air,” said Sawayama of the song. Here’s its music video, which blends live footage from some recent U.S./European tour dates with old-school VHS graphics to great effect:

More on the song/video:

“‘Catch Me In The Air’ was written in between lockdowns with Oscar Scheller and Gracey,” said Rina Sawayama. “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.”

It’s the second song shared so far from the new record. The first, “This Hell,” is an empowering, life-affirming LGTBQ pride anthem from Sawayama, who publicly identifies as both bisexual and pansexual.

“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.”

To catch up on Rina Sawayama’s recent success, here’s a bit of a primer, per a news release:

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.

Rina Sawayama is one of the most intriguing and risk-taking acts in the rock/pop world these days. Stay tuned for more from this new album.

Upcoming tour 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
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
10/26 – London, England @ O2 Academy Brixton

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