August 14, 2022

Track of the Week breaks down and talks concerning the track we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify High Songs playlist. For our favourite new songs from rising artists, try our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Rina Sawayama has us burning up in all the very best methods.


Rina Sawayama is among the most fun and dynamic pop girlies on the market for the time being. She offers us choreography. She offers us camp. She offers us vibrant, colourful, inclusive bops, fueled by her eager sense of melodic building and a wholesome heaping of enjoyable. Take a look at her indulgent and slyly anti-capitalistic “XS,” addictive “LUCID,” or her verse on Charli XCX’s “Beg For You” should you’re in want of a crash course.

With “This Hell,” she injects a contact of yee-haw right into a summery pop jam, and the result’s Shania Twain meets Woman Gaga (proper right down to a reference of the previous’s iconic “Let’s go women”). Sawayama has all the time been clear concerning the topic of her music — in a single interview, she specified that she’s “all the time written songs about women.” “This Hell” reclaims any ugliness that’s ever been thrown her method, spinning the cliche accusation that anybody within the LGBTQ+ group will find yourself on a sure facet of the afterlife and turning it into the most well liked invite of all.

In an announcement concerning the track, she shared: “It’s an necessary track for me given the human rights which are being taken away from minorities at a speedy charge within the title of conventional non secular beliefs, extra particularly I used to be serious about the rights being taken away from the LGBTQ group once I wrote this track. When the world tells us we don’t deserve love and safety, we’ve got no alternative however to provide love and safety to one another.”

“This Hell” arrives forward of her upcoming album, Maintain the Lady, set to reach in September. Within the meantime, the “satan’s sporting Prada and loves a little bit drama” — and so will we.

— Mary Siroky
Contributing Editor


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