Rina Sawayama debuted her new song “Catch Me In The Air” live in Glasgow over the weekend.
Due to the pandemic, she’s just now headed out on the road touring her debut album. At a show in Glasgow, she debuted the soaring new track, which was inspired by her mom. During the show, Rina Sawayama also said that she’s finishing up work on her “even more personal” sophomore record.
“I wrote this song because, in these unprecedented times, I am touring my first record at the same time as finishing my second record,” Rina Sawayama explains. “I thought that the first record was really personal – and it was – but this new record is even more personal.”
Watch the performance of “Catch Me In The Air” below.
“This song, I wrote it about my mum, who is a single mom,” Rina Sawayama continues. “You know how intense that relationship is – they feel like a sister or a brother. I felt throughout my life that my mum and I have caught each other when we’re falling.”
Following the release of SAWAYAMA the artist has been quite busy. In august, Sawayama shared a striking cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” That cover came as part of Metallica’s star-studded covers album, The Metallica Blacklist.
In April, Rina Sawayama performed an NPR Tiny Desk (Home) concert. Decked out in a purple blazer in front of the city skyline, Japanese British pop star Sawayama delivers an epic, captivating performance of a whole slew of tracks from her debut album. Offering everything from straightforward pop to soft-hearted ballads, this performance is definitely a must-watch.
She also collaborated with Elton John on a new version of “Chosen Family” in April. The rendition is dedicated to LGBTQ+ folks who have lost their family and friends by coming out.