Rina Sawayama releases anti-capitalist new song, “XS”

“We’re all hypocrites because we are all capitalists.”

Rina Sawayama has released her new song, “XS,” and it’s a doozy.

The track, which combines metal guitar riffs with a nostalgic R&B beat, is a searing rebuke of capitalism. “When all that’s left is immaterial / And the price we paid is unbelievable / And I’m takin’ in as much as I can hold / Here are the things you’ll never know,” she sings.

“‘XS’ is a song that mocks capitalism in a sinking world,” Sawayama said in a press statement. “It seemed hilarious to me that brands were still coming out with new makeup palettes every month […] in the same week as doing a ‘sad about Australian wildfires’ Instagram post.”


“We’re all hypocrites because we are all capitalists, and it’s a trap that I don’t see us getting out of,” she added. “I wanted to reflect the chaos of this post-truth climate change denying world in the metal guitar stabs that flare up like an underlying zit between the 2000s R&B beat that reminds you of a time when everything was alright.”

“XS” is the latest release from Sawayama, following “Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys)” and “STFU!” All three songs are expected to appear on her debut album SAWAYAMA, due out April 17.

Listen to “XS” below:


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