The muses of La Musa: Rina Sawayama

The musician and model has long drawn inspiration and aesthetics from the internet. Technology was the focal point of her first mini-album RINA, released in 2017. Hits like “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome” and “Tunnel Vision” helped catapult her to the center of the indie pop spotlight with their relatable lyrics and nostalgic, early 2000s production.

Her music is also concerned with concepts around identity. That same year, Sawayama dropped “Cherry,” a pansexual anthem that put queer love at the forefront. Now on SAWAYAMA, the 29-year-old artist’s major label debut, she delves deeper into questions of personal truth, and painful loss. With this record, Sawayama moves from sweet, lo-fi pop into a whole new realm: she’s creating music that’s energetic and loud, that could fill stadiums with her story.

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