Rina Sawayama – Sawayama LP
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama. Gold vinyl edition LP
Sawayama is the first full studio album from singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama. Released in spring 2020, the album features tracks recorded in the years following Rina Sawayama’s 2017 mini album Rina.
Sawayama touches on a range of musical genres and is heavily influenced by the sounds and styles that were en vogue at the start of this millennium. Here you’ll find fusions of noughties R’n’B grooves, electro pop ditties and commercialised nu metal neatly packaged into current day pop songs.
Just as the music looks back to another time, so do a lot of the lyrics as Rina reflects on her life over the last 30 years as a Japanese-British woman trying to find and understand her identity. She also explores a number of social, political and environmental themes, which Rina is more qualified to address than most thanks to her Oxbridge background studying similar topics.
A number of the tracks have been released as singles but are currently only available in digital format.
Sawayama was given three vinyl releases by the Dirt Hit record label, all exactly the same except for the colour of the vinyl. These were the standard gold version (as seen in @nikk51_vinyl’s Instagram photos above), the Dirt Hit website exclusive transparent vinyl, and a green vinyl limited edition of 500 copies, which is now being resold for silly money.
A note before buying this LP is that some of the Discogs reviews of these records complain that the sound is inferior to that of the digital version (read them here).
Of course, digital and vinyl never sound exactly the same and it’s often just a matter of preference, but bear it in mind if you’ve got used to hearing the tracks in their digital format!
Rina Sawayama – XS. Official music video.
Rina Sawayama – STFU! Official music video.
Rina Sawayama – Comme Des Garçons (Like The Boys). Official music video.
Rina Sawayama – Bad Friend. Official music video.
Rina Sawayama – Chosen Family.
Sawayama LP Tracklist.
- A1. Dynasty.
- A2. XS.
- A3. STFU!
- A4. Comme Des Garçons (Like The Boys).
- A5. Akasaka Sad.
- A6. Paradisin’.
- A7. Love Me 4 Me.
- B1. Bad Friend.
- B2. Fuck This World (Interlude).
- B3. Who’s Gonna Save U Now.
- B4. Tokyo Love Hotel.
- B5. Chosen Family.
- B6. Snakeskin.
Full Album Playlist.
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama. Full album playlist.