Rina Sawayama has announced that the lead single from her second album Hold The Girl is titled “This Hell”, and it’s arriving tomorrow.
Rina’s victorious return starts off with “This Hell”; a happy and thundering cut of pop-meets-country which was created by the incredible Paul Epworth and composed by Rina close by Epworth and longterm companion and teammate Lauren Aquilina (Demi Lovato, Little Mix). Rina starts off the track with a tribute to Shania Twain as she says “gives up young ladies” prior to blasting into the principal stanza. The new single is flooded with glitz rock riffs and verses that are sprinkled in jest jokes yelling out a pantheon of gay symbols Britney, Whitney and Princess Di and are bound to be shouted on tacky dancefloors for quite a long time into the future. Rina is set to play out the new single interestingly on Jimmy Fallon tonight.
Talking about the new single, Rina makes sense of “I had so much fun writing ‘This Hell.’ The past couple of years I’ve been listening to lots of female country singers and wanted to write a euphoric and tongue in cheek country pop song. Country music at its core to me represents comfort, brilliant storytelling and authentic expression of the writer’s reality. I’ve been dreaming of working with Paul Epworth my entire career so I knew it was meant to be when we finished this song in a day. I
put in as many iconic pop culture moments as I can, but the song is more than that.”
She continues, “It’s an important song for me given the human rights that are being taken away from minorities at a rapid rate in the name of traditional religious beliefs, more specifically I was thinking about the rights being taken away from the LGBTQ community when I wrote this song. When the world tells us we don’t deserve love and protection, we have no choice but to give love and protection to each other. This Hell is better with you.”