Sony Music Entertainment Japan has announced the release of rising Tokyo-based half Japanese and Lebanese alt-pop starlet, Sarina’s latest single, ‘憂鬱な道 (pronounced as Yu-Utsu na Michi)’. The single will be made available on all major digital streaming platforms from 27 January 2023, Friday.
‘憂鬱な道’ is the first single written in both Japanese and English by Sarina, which translates as ‘Melancholy Roads’. While previous singles, ‘Identity’ and ‘Atlas’, tackled the themes of courage, confidence, love and sacrifice, ‘憂鬱な道’was written as a free fall for Sarina. A departure song from her previous work, the single plunges the listener into a bittersweet story of pursuing dreams, no matter how lonely or scary it might be. Known to weave compelling narratives with thoughtful and vivid lyrics which are based on her own experiences and candidly express real emotions, ‘憂鬱な道’ showcases a hauntingly alternative-pop vein that is unique to the singer-songwriter. With her mixed heritage of Japanese and Lebanese roots, Sarina effortlessly delivers an intertwined blend of western and eastern eclecticism with smooth transitions between Japanese and English lyrics. Over a gradual build up of pop beat, the single is highlighted by Sarina’s mezzo-soprano vocals, alongside the soothing sound of ringing ephemeral bells.
Sarina shares, ‘Tinged in the hues of a night sky filled with countless possibilities, ‘憂鬱な道’ is a free fall of a daydream that leaves your reality forever changed. The toll of an ephemeral bell, the gilded surface of a still lake, the chorus of stars, they all call to you to give chase. Sometimes, the passion that burns inside you is so bright that it blinds you to the solitude of life. It is beautiful, and warm, and it crackles with the promise of what you could be. For me, the road I follow while chasing my dreams often at times led me to isolation. The joy of what I can be glowed alongside the loneliness of the beautiful but lonesome world.”
Releasing her accompanying music video for 憂鬱な道’, Sarina will be livestreaming on her YouTube channel on 27 January 2023, Friday 12PM (Singapore time). Following which her music video will be released at 1PM (Singapore time). The music video features Sarina in different personas of herself, a street musician, and an artist, simply wondering along the cyberpunk streets of Japan. Nonchalant and melancholic, Sarina is in true form of accepting who she is and embracing its entirety in this single. A fulfilment and appreciation of what is ahead of her, and nothing will stop her from chasing her dreams.
Fueled by a passion for self-expression, Sarina is an artist who is continuously on the road to discovery and creation, already establishing her own genre-less, borderless musical skills and creativity, which she applies to her own artistic activities. As with all aspects of her music, including the artwork and music video, produced under Sarina’s creative direction, the result is a cohesive experience that embodies Sarina’s personality on all levels. Currently based in Tokyo, Sarina started out releasing original music on Instagram. Hitting over 2.3 million views with 1 video, her follower count increased from 13.6K to 130K organically within just two weeks after that. Since then, Sarina has been steadily garnering world wide attention from Asia, US and UK as a musician, as well as increased activity as a model and influencer.
Sarina is currently working on 2 more singles in the upcoming months.’Sometimes I wanna cry :(‘ will be released on 17 February 2023. Previously performing this on Instagram Reels, the video reached over 1.6 million views. The next single ‘Melancholy Roads No More’ is slated for release on 17 March 2023, as an answer single to ‘憂鬱な道’.
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