Rina Sawayama: Cyber Stockholm Syndrome

Rina Sawayama: Cyber Stockholm Syndrome

London-based, Japan-born Rina Sawayama just released "Cyber Stockholm Syndrome," the lead single ahead of the singer and producer's much-anticipated debut album. The song is a resonant snapshot of Rina's exploration through an anxiety-driven digital age and moody Generation Y.

Cyber Stockholm Syndrome is happy and sad, honest and autobiographical, and I feel like I’ve truly written from the heart from the first time. It took two years of rewriting and revising as I wrestled with the beauty and anxiety of digital life. Before, I saw the internet as a captor of our time and free will. But now, I see embracing a positive relationship with our online selves as an act of self-preservation and defiance. In this age, the digital world can offer vital support networks, voices of solidarity, refuge, escape. Marginalised people, or socially anxious people like myself can in fact, be freed. That’s what ‘Cyber Stockholm Syndrome’ is about: pessimism, optimism, anxiety and freedom.
— Rina Sawayama

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