The genre-defying musician dares you to indulge your chaotic energy with the perfect mix for being a liability in the club.
Rina Sawayama’s genre-defiant sound has spanned pop, rock, R&B, and techno, fusing elements of each to create a sound that is purely her own. Her critically acclaimed EP, RINA, was self-released in 2017, quickly garnering attention from the likes of The Fader, Clash, and Pitchfork. Her newest single, “STFU!,” is a nu-metal inspired anti-love song that is both sweet and cutting. The British-Japanese singer-songwriter curated a playlist for Document Journal, looking to her latest single for its central theme. “The playlist was inspired by the emotions I feel when I listen to ‘STFU!’—the heavy nu metal elements to the saccharine sweetness and irony of the hook.” The eclectic playlist includes Limp Bizkit, No Doubt (“Rock Steady is a masterclass in album making”) and early 2000’s hits from Avril Lavigne and Evanescence. Sawayama notes that the diversity of sounds and moods included in the playlist reflect her current musical ambitions, as she works towards crafting the songs that will become her highly anticipated debut album.