Rina Sawayama has Released a Great New Video for ‘Bad Friend’

FEATURE: Rina’s emotional new video explores the heavy themes of her new single ‘Bad Friend’.

FEATURE: Rina's emotional new video explores the heavy themes of her new single 'Bad Friend'.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since the release of Rina Sawayama’s highly anticipated debut full-length, SAWAYAMA.  The album was an ambitious mix of pop and rock soundscapes with deeply personal lyricism, with ‘Bad Friend’ standing out as a prime example of the latter. 

Now, Rina has dropped a stunning new video for the track.  The clip takes the song’s lyrical themes and flips them around in a way that is simultaneously emotional and just a little bit silly.  The film-noir inspired clip uses a highly stylized depiction of a bar brawl to represent the tumultuous emotions brought on by a friendship turned sour.  It has the potential to be heady stuff, but the performances and film style are just tongue-in-cheek enough to keep the whole thing from turning too melodramatic.  It’s a lot of fun, and definitely worth a watch below.

And check out my review of SAWAYAMA here.