Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rina Sawayama - Where U Are

London-based Japanese singer and producer (not to mention Cambridge graduate with a degree in politics) Rina Sawayama has today unveiled her new single called "Where U Are". Produced by Hoost, "Where U Are" reboots Michael Jackson's early 70s hit "I Wanna Be Where You Are" and once again finds Rina further elaborating on the pitfalls of identity in the digital age which she satirized with her previous single, "Tunnel Vision". However, this time Rina is kicking things up a gear by nailing the disconnect at play in modern relationships between interactions online and those in real life.

Speaking on the track, Rina says:

"Whether you’re doing long distance, or meeting people on a dating app, being catfished, or sexting - the characteristics of an online-based relationship are super interesting to me. Online you can present your best edited self, and bypass lots of the messiness and awkwardness that comes with real human interactions. Your overheating phone substitutes human warmth. Weirdest of all - you’re together, but also very alone"

"Where U Are" is set for release alongside "Tunnel Vision" later this year as part of her forthcoming Alone Together EP. Stream both tracks below.

"Where U Are" is available now on iTunes.

Premiere via Noisey.

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