Rina Sawayama has shared a new song from her forthcoming debut, SAWAYAMA. “Chosen Family,” produced by PC Music’s Danny L Harle, is dedicated “to my queer friends who I now consider family,” Sawayama says in a press release. Hear it below.
Sawayama previously shared the lyrics and chords to “Chosen Family” with her fans, asking them to submit their own interpretations of the track.
“‘Chosen Family’ is a very special song for me,” Sawayama said in a press release:
The concept of a chosen family is, to me, a queer one—people are often kicked out of their homes or ostracized by their family, friends, and community after coming out. This can be an incredibly painful experience that can be remedied by finding a new “chosen” family. The chorus lyrics “We don’t need to be related to relate, we don’t need to share genes or a surname” is an invitation for anyone that feels that sense of otherness to find their chosen family, where they can truly be themselves and feel loved. I dedicate this song to my queer friends who I now consider family—it’s essentially a big thank you to them, as I love them so much and I genuinely don’t think I would be alive right now if it weren’t for them.
SAWAYAMA arrives April 17 via Dirty Hit. It includes previously-released singles “Commes des Garçons (Like the Boys)” and “XS.”
Check out Pitchfork’s “20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017,” featuring Sawayama’s mini-album RINA at No. 19.