Following the release of her sophomore album Hold the Girl, Rina Sawayama headed to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge for a powerful rendition of “Happier Than Ever,” the titular track from Billie Eilish’s 2021 LP.
Backed by a rock guitarist, Sawayma croons Eilish’s impactful lyrics about coming to terms with the trauma that one has endured, a similar theme reflected in Sawayama’s new project.
“When you said you were passing through / Was I even on your way?” she sings.
Hold the Girl landed earlier this month, a follow-up to the singer’s eponymous debut album, Sawayama. Released through the independent British label Dirty Hit, the LP was lauded as one of the most anticipated pop records of the year and marks a breakthrough in Sawayama’s unique alt-pop and rock-inspired style.
In addition to her Eilish cover, Sawayama also delivered a live performance of “Hold the Girl,” the titular track from her own album.
Watch Rina Sawayama cover Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
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