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Rina Sawayama shares dazzling, genre-bending new single Hold The Girl

Rina Sawayama infront of a blue background looking over her shoulder
(Image credit: Thurstan Redding)

Rina Sawayama has released the title track of her forthcoming album, Hold The Girl, due out September 16 via Dirty Hit.

Following the previously-shared singles Catch Me In The Air and This Hell, Hold The Girl  sees Sawayama embracing the emotional release that comes with letting go of old trauma through touching lyrics such as 'Sometimes I just wanna run away, leave behind that old me, start again/ Then I’ll remember who I’m really made of/ And she’s been hide-and-seeking, waiting all alone'.

Sawayama says of the track: “Hold the Girl was the first song I wrote for the record at the end of 2020 – I had gone to therapy and had a revelation, so I decided to write this song… that was the start of it. I was crying before going into the studio to write about it.”

Later this year the Japanese–British singer-songwriter will be embarking on a US headline tour, which is set to kick off in New York on November 1. To conclude the tour, Sawayama will perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California on November 23.

Prior to her trip across the pond, Sawayama will also be hitting the road for a UK and Ireland trek, starting from October 12 with two performances in Glasgow, before heading off to Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and London.

Listen to Hold The Girl below:

Rina Sawayama tour dates:

Nov 01: Brooklyn Great Hall at Avant Gardner, NY
Nov 04: Boston Roadrunner, MA
Nov 05: Silver Spring The Fillmore, MD
Nov 06: Charlotte The Fillmore, NC
Nov 08: Atlanta The Eastern, GA
Nov 09: Nashville Marathon Music Works, TN
Nov 11: Dallas South Side Ballroom, TX
Nov 12: Austin Emo’s Austin, TX
Nov 13: Houston White Oak Music Hall, TX
Nov 16: Phoenix The Van Buren, AZ
Nov 18: San Diego SOMA, CA
Nov 21: Oakland Fox Theater, CA
Nov 23: Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium, CA

Liz Scarlett
Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.