When Taylor Swift officially left country music in 2014, it wasn’t long before fans and critics alike were searching for “the next Taylor.” But whether she was tall and blonde with crossover appeal (like Kelsea Ballerini) or had songwriting chops and spunk (like duo Maddie & Tae),
Before her debut, Rina Sawayama was the kind of low-key singer you’d come across on Spotify and think, Holy shit, she is going to have a career. Her first EP, RINA, remains one of the best musical projects of 2017.
I feel exhausted after I finish an online midterm I’m positive I bombed. I walk out of my room and into the living room of my cottage; my parents’ eyes are glued to CNN, while my brother’s are glued to his phone.