In a statement, Sawayama said ‘Lucid’ has been two years in the making.
“Me and Lauren Aquilina wrote this together on the floor of my tiny rented living room back in early 2018. BloodPop sent us the beat and the melody flowed out so easily that I remember at one point I started hoovering cos i knew this would be easy to write lol,” she said.
“I’ve kept this song secret for two years so I’m so excited to finally release it to the world! 2020’s been a tough year so I wanted to finish it off with a dance bop to take us into a more hopeful 2021.”
Listen to the track below:
‘Lucid’ is the first of 11 new songs on the deluxe version of ‘SAWAYAMA’, which the Dirty Hit artist revealed in a tweet yesterday. The additions include live and acoustic versions of tracks on the album – as well as a cover of labelmate The 1975‘s ‘Love It If We Made It’.
There will also be remixes by Pabllo Vittar and Dream Wife, as well as a previously released remix of ‘XS’ featuring Bree Runway. The deluxe edition of ‘SAWAYAMA’ will be released December 4.
‘SAWAYAMA’, which was released in April, got a five-star review from NME, with reviewer Hannah Mylrea writing: “From the raucous nu-metal to glittering R&B, ‘SAWAYAMA’ is an honest, genre-exploding self-portrait.
“Drawing on every aspect of her identity, Sawayama creates an expansive musical account of her personal history, all bolstered by her impressive experimental song-writing techniques. And on top of that, she’s somehow managed to make nu-metal sound effortlessly cool.”
In October, the singer announced her biggest headline show to date, taking place in London’s Roundhouse next November. Her upcoming tour dates also include rescheduled 2020 tour dates for next March.
Sawayama recently played single ‘XS’ on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night US TV show. An NME review of the performance said it “proved she’s a superstar-in-waiting”.
It added: “In a year filled with sour lemons, Sawayama has made bucket-loads of lemonade – and this performance feels like a triumphant celebration of all she’s achieved.
“It’s a masterclass in how to put on a show, and surely the next late-night performance to go down in history. The show acts as a reminder that, despite everything 2020 has thrown at her, Rina Sawayama is on the road to superstardom.”
The new songs on the deluxe version of ‘SAWAYAMA’ are:
- ‘We Out Here’ (bonus track)
- ‘Bees & Honey’ (bonus track)
- ‘Love It If We Made It’ (The 1975 cover)
- ‘XS’ (live)
- ‘STFU!’ (acoustic)
- ‘Bad Friend’ (acoustic)
- ‘Chosen Family’ (acoustic
- ‘Comme Des Garcons’ (Pabllo Vittar remix)
- ‘XS’ (remix feat. Bree Runway)
- ‘Bad Friend’ (Dream Wife)