Rina Sawayama knows how to tease her fans, as she released another song just weeks before the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album “Hold The Girl.”
Many people are curious about the meaning behind the pop star’s new song because she is well-known for turning her childhood trauma and personal experiences into music.
According to Stereogum, the British singer released “Phantom,” a power ballad, along with a visualizer.
In a press release, the “Tokyo Love Hotel” singer explained that the song is about her adult realization that she spent her life “pleasing other people” without realizing it.
She observed that there were times when she pushed her boundaries and there was a significant difference between what she wanted to do and what other people intended for her.
“Through the lyrics in the verse, I’m trying to tell this story, and then in the choruses I’m mourning the loss of my real self.”
The song was recorded with Clarence Clarity and Stuart Prince, formerly of Les Rythmes Digitales, both have previously worked with Madonna and Dua Lipa.
According to Pitchfork, she co-produced the newly released track with Lauren Aquilina, Adam Crisp, and Vic Jamieson.
Sawayama appeared in two sets for the song’s visuals, one with a deep blue background and the other with a beige background.
Prior to the release of “Phantom,” the singer released three songs from the upcoming album: “This Hell,” “Catch Me In The Air,” and “Hold The Girl.”
On September 16, her highly anticipated album “Hold The Girl” will be released.
Sawayama will tour the United States after performing on major stages at Coachella, the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, The Outlanders, and Japan’s Summer Sonic.
The tour will kick off on November 1 at Great Hall at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn, New York, according to her official Instagram account.
The final performance would take place on November 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California.
Her official website sells VIP tickets and General Admission passes.