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.”
Listen to “XS” below: